Leeds nostalgia: How Leeds supermarket giant flouted law to normalise Sunday trading back in 1993

THE ASDA CAR PARK AT  OWLCOTES RETAIL CENTRE , PUDSEY...SEE ENGLAND FOOTBALL STORY.
THE ASDA CAR PARK AT OWLCOTES RETAIL CENTRE , PUDSEY...SEE ENGLAND FOOTBALL STORY.
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If ever there was a case which highlighted just how much EU law affected British law, it was April 1993, when Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda defied law lords by opening on Sunday.

After a series of incidents in which stores had been prosecuted for breaking the traditional Sunday trading ban, as set out in the Shops Act and after a challenge by DIY chain B&Q was rejected, Asda took the lead and opened anyway.

At the time, it had 202 stores (with 146 opening) and over 60,000 staff. The supermarket justified the move by citing the European Communities free trade laws.

However, despite a recent law lords ruling backing local authorities’ rights to enforce a ban and bring prosecutions, Leeds City Council was proceeding cautiously, suspending some legal cases.

Not so in Kirkless, however, where chief solicitor Roger Butterfield announced they would be taking companies to court, adding: “The ruling has made is abundantly clear that, whatever the big stores might claim, there is no conflict between the Treaty of Rome and the Shops Act, which regulates who can open on Sundays.”

Ilkley, 30th July 1976

Ted Carroll, the TV and film extra with the 180 degree nose, is learning to live with himself at his pub in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

The new Ted, with the old nose, is a bronze bust modelled by a sculptress at Ilkley College.
In fact Janet Bowler's Ted Carroll is even more rugged than the real thing.
Ted let his nose go its own way after having it broken four times during his 12 years with Hunslet Rugby League Club.
"She left it over the holidays with me to see if I could get used to it. People come up to it and order two pints", said Mr. Carroll, who with his wife, Beryl, runs the Rose and Crown, opposite Ilkley Parish Church.

Leeds nostalgia: July 1976: Former rugby league player ‘gets used to living with himself’