Leeds nostalgia: Woman, 72, saves man’s life by stopping bolting horse... and school day shake-up shocker

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Seventy years ago today, Leeds teachers were up in arms over a timetable change which saw the school day begin at 9.30am - later than usual.

According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post from the day, this meant most schools only began lessons at 10am, with the morning break scheduled for 11.15am and lunch due at noon. One headmaster dubbed it “one ludicrous rush” and called for timetables to revert to their previous time.

There was also the story of 29oz baby Anthony Jeffrey at Hyde Terrace Maternity Hospital. At 1lb 13oz, he was kept in an oxygen box. He was the son of Jean Jeffrey, who said: “I have only had a glimpse at my baby but he looks wonderful. My husband did not know he was a father until he saw the Evening Post - Mr Jeffrey had been working away from Leeds for over a week.

In charge of baby Anthony was Midwife Daisy Brown, who said he was progressing remarkably well for his age and size.

The baby was wrapped in cotton wool and blankets and his oxygen box was kept at 64 degrees. Midwife Brown said: “His condition is quite satisfactory at present. We are all delighted with him.”

In other news from the same week, 72-year-old Laura Clapham, of Prospect Street, Wakefield Road, Bradford, who was only 4ft tall, managed to single-handedly stop a bolting horse and in so doing probably saved the life of a carter who was caught under the wheels of his vehicle.

Mrs Clapham had lacerations to her scalp and right leg, and the cart driver, Francis Tidswell, 69, of Pot House Road, Wibsey, suffered a knee injury. Both were allowed to go home after treatment at St Luke’s Hospital.