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Leeds nostalgia: October 1989: Memories of Harry Ramsden’s

It was the most famous fish n’ chip restaurant in the world and was started by Harry Ramsden when he bought a wooden shed in 1928, serving his first fish supper in December of that year.

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School children in class.
18th October 1989

Leeds nostalgia: October 1989: Do you recognise schoolchildren?

Schoolchildren pictured by our photographers on October 18, 1989 but at which school?

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2nd October 1990.

The Derwent Reservoir which is just over a third full. For the past two years the water has been so low the ruins of the village can be seen.

Yorkshire nostalgia: ‘Sunken’ Derwent village re-emerges from waters during drought

The worst drought for 40 years meant the sunken village of Derwent, near Sheffield re-emerged from the waters of the Ladybower Dam, as water levels dropped to new lows.

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FLASHBACK: The Barnbow factory.

Tea with PM for Leeds Canary Girls

They were the workers who the war turned yellow – the “canary girls” who manned the munitions factories in two world wars and whose skin was turned a lurid shade of yellow by the toxic chemicals with which they were forced to work.

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MAPPING OUT: One of the maps drawn by Christopher Saxton, which went on display at Leeds Central Library in 2015.

Leeds tribute to cartographer Christopher Saxton

His drawings in the 16th century mapped out the country’s landscape and paved the way to understanding the geography of the planet.

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Leeds nostalgia: Radiactive 19th Century glass lion

In normal circumstances, this glass, lion-shaped ornament may appear fairly unremarkable. But put it under a UV light, and what previously seemed like an innocuous paperweight begins to give off an eerie, green glow.

The lion’s curious luminescence is actually due to small quantities of the radioactive element uranium, which was added to the glass during production.

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Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Margarine muscles out butter in the nation’s larder

Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Margarine muscles out butter in the nation’s larder

On this day in 1947, two years after the end of the most destructive war in history but not yet beyond the clutches of rationing, margarine shouldered its way into the larders of the nation’s housewives, pushing butter out of the way in the process.

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Vintage buses were run on the old Samuel Ledgard routes out of Otley to commemorate the  50th anniversary of the firm being taken over by the West Yorkshire Road Car Company. Pictures by Tony Johnson.

Bus enthusiasts mark 50 years since legendary Leeds firm closed

It was a business empire that will never be forgotten in the fascinating story of West Yorkshire’s public transport and whose name continues to evoke warm nostalgia.

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Leeds, 22nd August 1988

The Regent, Regent Street, Chapel Aleerton.

Leeds nostalgia: October 1988: New pub opening hours lead to dramatic fall in assaults

Pub licensing laws changed, meaning they no longer had to close from 3pm to 5.30pm and police in Leeds said this had resulted in a dramatic fall in violent crime in the city centre.

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Leeds nostalgia: October 1988: Paul Daniel’s does disappeared trick over Mother Shipton’s Cave

TV magician Paul Daniels sold his stake in the company which ran Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough.

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Howard Wilkinson arrives at Elland Road to be greeted by Leslie Silver to start his new job as manager in October 1988

Leeds nostalgia: October 1988: Change at the top for Leeds United

One of the brightest and most articulate coaches in the business, Howard Wilkinson, took over at Leeds United.

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by Atkinson Grimshaw

Leeds nostalgia: Leeds-born artist Atkinson Grimshaw’s work goes up and up

A painting of Park Row by artist Atkinson Grimshaw was valued at between £12,000 and £18,000.

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2014: The demolition of the Yorkshire Post Newspapers HQ on Wellington Street. PIC: Simon Hulme

Five Leeds landmarks that are gone but not forgotten

That pang of nostalgic sadness rings every time a childhood hangout or favourite drinking den is reduced to rubble in Leeds, to be replaced by a new artisan tea café or yet another car park.

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Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Rationing leads to run on tinned bacon

Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Rationing leads to run on tinned bacon

We’re so used to being able to have what we want when we want it these days but spare a thought for your grandparents, or those who lived 70 years ago, because in October 1947 rationing was a way of life.

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Ken Goor, who has led tours around Leeds for over 25 years, as he is running two special Halloween ghost tours of Leeds on Thursday and Friday.   276 October 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Leeds nostalgia: Guided city walks with Ken Goor

Tour guide extraordinaire Ken Goor, from Morley, has issued his latest list of guided city walks, which will run throughout October and into December.

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END OF LINE: Samuel Ledgard beer and blue buses parked up on Kirkgate.

Leeds nostalgia: End of an era for bus firm

Fifty years ago this month, a Leeds institution came to an end, after independent bus operator Samuel Ledgard closed.

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Leeds, Civic Hall, 26th July 1974

Leeds United chairman Manny Cussins displays the League Championship Trophy outside the Civic Hall during the reception for the team.

Leeds nostalgia: October 1987: Manny Cussins (the man who sacked Brian Clough after 44 days) dies aged 82

Manny Cussins died on October 5 aged 82. He died while staying at the home of one of his sons, during the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur.

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Yorkshire nostalgia: October 1987: Have-a-go hero Steve smashes getaway car

Yorkshire nostalgia: October 1987: Have-a-go hero Steve smashes getaway car

Have-a-go hero Steven Broadbent, 30, from Mirfield, rammed a getaway car which had been used in a wages snatch.

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Leeds nostalgia: Churchill calls for election and bemoans loss of India

Leeds nostalgia: Churchill calls for election and bemoans loss of India

“Where the socialists, in this grave hour, pursue pernicious policies, we are bound to arouse the people to a sense of their danger.”

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Leeds nostalgia: 300-year-old bed that came back home

Leeds nostalgia: 300-year-old bed that came back home

Plush, lavish and luxurious, Temple Newsam’s crimson state bed is well and truly fit for a queen.

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