Leeds nostalgia: 70 years ago today... the case of Friday 13th and the missing dominoes
On this day in 1946... fireman John Mitchell, from Gipton Station, didn't baulk when news came in of a trapped puppy stuck on a ledge in Horsforth.
In fact, the NFS volunteer was happy to be lowered on a rope to the ledge, some 100ft above a drop at Butcher Hill, in order to rescue the dog, which had apparently been stuck there for two days.
He said the slope was very slippery, adding: “I managed to get the dog by the back of the neck and we were up in no time.” He said the dog was very ‘fussy’ and excited at being rescued.
In other news, thieves in Leeds stole a safe weighing 2cwt from the head offices of Simons and Moore, dish and potato merchants, on East Street.
The safe was found abandoned but intact by Leeds CID, along with the getaway car, in Meanwood.
It was Friday the 13th and in Leeds, the YEP reported the day certainly lived up to its reputation, as Leeds General Infirmary had its highest casualty list of the year, with 65 people treated for minor injuries following slips on the snow and ice and a further five motorists who had crashed their cars as a result of bad weather. All were allowed to go home after treatment.
A gas main caught fire at the junction of Marsh Lane and York Road, causing a drop in pressure for Seacroft, Gipton and Cross Gates. Workmen drilled holes either side of the blaze to put the stop the gas and put flames out, then repaired it.
Finally, at the Old Men’s Parliament, which was held daily in the shelter at George Green Road, Lupset, Wakefield, two boxes of dominoes went missing (suspected stolen). This was a grave affair, as dominoes were “very difficult to replace” and expensive at the time.