Leeds nostalgia: Buskers in Leeds in 1985

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Dateline: December 14, 1985: Festive generosity brought city centre buskers out in force to fill the bustling streets with music ranging from rock to the classics.

Buskers could earn up to £5 per hour, according to the report from the day. Instruments being played included electric guitars, saxophones, clarinets and even electronic keyboards.

Andrew Wilson, 16, of Moor Grange, Leeds (keyboards) and David Smith, 16, of Adel, Leeds (sax), were pictured striking up with a selection of Christmas carols in Commercial Street.

“We both play in the Leeds Youth Concert Band, but our practice session at the College of Music was called off because of the water crisis - so we decided to come down here,” said Andrew.