Leeds nostalgia: Couple locked in shop while burglary takes place

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This week in 1948 and reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post of a Leeds couple - shopkeepers - who were the victims of burglars, who locked them in while the raid was taking place.

Dateline: July 1948: Mr and Mrs J Rollinson, of Rock View, Leeds, were locked upstairs by the thieves at their general store. Among the items taken were £340 in notes, £60 in silver and 2,000 cigarettes.

Mrs Rollinson said it was not the first time they had been distributed but it was the first time they had been locked in their own home.

Meanwhile, a national quiz about the state of the nation was also featured in the same edition. It revealed that in 1947, the UK’s most valuable exports were textiles, machinery and vehicles. Our main export to Canada, from which the UK received vast amounts of food, was whisky.

At that time, the UK relied on imports from overseas for about half of all food consumed.

Meanwhile, in other news, the BBC was embroiled in a wages dispute but not like the one it is currently having to content with, which is more to do with the disparity between men and women’s pay.

Back in 1948, it was locking horns with the Musicians’ Union, whose members were put on “basic rations” for broadcasts.

And finally, children in Halifax were spending the first night at Jerusalem Farm, Luddenden. At the farm, lent by Halifax Corporation, older children were sleeping in six marquees, while the younger ones were being housed in a cottage. Stores tents were pitched near the stream.

The Chief Constable of Halifax, Mr G F Goodman, camp commandant, gave up his annual leave to be present and expected 160 children aged eight to 14 to attend.

Amenities included a camp cinema.