14 photo memories of Bramley in 1997

It was the year three decades of rugby league memories were consigned to history.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 8:06 am
Enjoy these photo memories from around Bramley in 1997. PIC: James Hardisty
Enjoy these photo memories from around Bramley in 1997. PIC: James Hardisty

The diggers were ripping up the pitch in 1997 at McLaren Field, the former home of Bramley RLFC, after the land was sold for housing development. The 'Villagers' had played at the ground since 1965 during which time they won the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy in 1973, the first silverware in their proud history stretching back to 1879. McLaren Field had also been the scene of the club's highest ever win, a 52-17 demolition of Doncaster in a Yorkshire County Cup first round tie in September 1974. They were playing their home games at Headingley. All change of a different kind was played out on national TV for neighbours in Bramley. They agreed to take part in do-it-yourself home improvement show Changing Rooms. Elsewhere Bramley Carnival proved a success and milkmen in LS13 joined the fight against crime. Enjoy these photos showcasing a year in the life of Bramley in 1997. Do you recognise anyone? READ MORE: 12 photo memories of Bramley in 1998 LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

February 1997 and pictured is Vincent Clynes-Green and wife Leslie outside the couple's new fish shop he built in the garden of their home in Fairfield Avenue.
Leanne Knowles was the Bramley Carnival queen in July 1997.

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Firefighters Gino Webster (left) and Rob Hart, stripped off to show what you could buy at the slave auction held at the Bramley Fire Station's open day in June 1997.
Pupils from Bramley Primary watch as actors from the English Shakespeare Company perform a scene from Macbeth. Pictured are actors Charlie Woods as Macduff and Mike Rogers as Macbeth.
Molly Sterlacchini (left) and Florence Cholmondeley were put through their paces during an aerobics session held at Bramley Baths.
October 1997 and pictured are Bramley who played in the Premier Division of the West Yorkshire League and were managed by Phillip Riley.
Laura Woodhead carries out a transaction for Jordaine Kirk as pupils at Sandford Primary as part of a Yorkshire Bank initiative.
Paul Brown was onea of a number of milkmen using mobile phones to report crime they see on their rounds.
David Shillito, who rescued a lady from her smoke filled house, was recognised for his bravery with a commendation at Bramley Fire Station.
Neighbours Jennie Knight (left) and Sue Barran swapped houses for 48 hours and decorated each others living rooms for BBC2 interior design challenge programme Changing Rooms.
The band 'Phobia' playing to pupils at Victoria Park in July 1997.
Malandra Burrows, better known to millions as Emmerdale's Kathy Glover, visited Thurston's at Bramley to officially open the bakery's new 1 million extension.
Retired Bramley couple Bill and Maureen Hall became instant celebrities when they stepped off a Britannia Airways flight from Leeds Bradford Airport. They enjoyed VIP treatment as the 20 millionth customers to visit Gerona Airport in Spain.
March 1997 and the diggers have nearly finished ripping up the pitch atMcLaren Field, the former home of Bramley RLFC.
Pupils from Christ the King RC School in Bramley joined children from Burley's St. Matthias CofE in helping design new gates at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve. They are pictured with artist Mick Kirby.
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