Actress Pat Phoenix, known to TV fans as Elsie Tanner for the last 10 years, opened '44 Room,' a new department for women with fuller figures at the Matthias Robinson store on Briggate. "I know I have this glamorous image but like to dress to please myself" said Miss Phoenix who went on to speak of the difficulties of pleasing fans, critics and herself when she bought clothes. "For quite some time I was a 44in hip. It was hard to find fashionable clothes of my figure in a fashion field which had long been neglected". This was Leeds in 1971, a year which also featured 2,000 young people enjoying an eight hour long 'spirit of Woodstock' free pop concert in a Leeds park. READ MORE: 23 Leeds schools and colleges making the news in the 1970s LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook
17 photos to take you back to Leeds in 1971
It was the year a much loved Coronation Street actress took a break from the cobbles to visit Leeds city centre on a mission.
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