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Christmas from the archives. 1916 The Captives Christmas at Lofthouse Park

Germans allowed indulgence at their own expense.

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Leeds nostalgia: Woman had natural ‘petrol well’ in cellar in 1947

Leeds nostalgia: Woman had natural ‘petrol well’ in cellar in 1947

Wind the clock back to 1947 (so, precisely 70 years ago today) and there was a rather curious story occupying the front page of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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Barnbow disaster 101 years on - looking back at the lives of the brave factory workers

Exactly 101 years ago today a huge explosion ripped through room 42 at the Barnbow munitions factory in Leeds.

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Leeds ‘nuisance’ 999 calls in 1947

More ‘999’ shenanigans this week as we cast our eyes back over how the papers dealt with the introduction of the nation’s emergency telephone service, which, in December 1947, was still in its infancy.

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Undated handout photo issued by The Tank Museum of a tank after the Battle of Cambrai, as curator David Willey said that First World War commanders were not buffoons who willingly sacrificed their men. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 8, 2017. Mr Willey said some senior officers had been subjected to "Blackadder-style mocking" but insisted many were courageous soldiers who led their men into battle. See PA story HERITAGE Cambrai. Photo credit should read: The Tank Museum/PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Leeds nostalgia: It was your national duty to buy a newspaper in 1917

In 1917, as the First World War raged on, there were daily reminders to the civilian population of its impact. Adverts implored people to ‘eat a fifth less food’ and called on business owners to use less fuel - in short, the Government called on everyone to do their bit for the greater good.

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Former Leeds General Infirmary trainee nurses reunite after 55-years

TEN former Leeds General Infirmary nurses had a lot of catching up to do when they met up for a 55-year reunion.

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Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Back when it was considered safe to skate on lakes and tarns

Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Back when it was considered safe to skate on lakes and tarns

Cold weather might be forecast for the UK over the next few weeks but turn the clock back 70 years and it was cold enough to skate on Keighley Tarn.

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Leeds nostalgia: November 1917: ‘The plodding walk through craters and filth’ of Flanders troops during First World War

Leeds nostalgia: November 1917: ‘The plodding walk through craters and filth’ of Flanders troops during First World War

A hundred years ago today, Yorkshire was covered in a blanket of snow. But farmers across the county - and, indeed the country, which was reliant upon a good Northern harvest - were not complaining, because up to that point, they had enjoyed a good year.

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Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Country braced for three  more years of rationing as Princess Elizabeth marries

Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Country braced for three more years of rationing as Princess Elizabeth marries

A good deal of the news this week in 1947 was taken up with the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who married on November 20.

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Leeds mill regeneration hailed as beacon of conservation

THE £1.5m transformation of a former Leeds textile mill has been hailed as an exemplar of repurposing industrial buildings in a bid to galvanise owners of similar properties into action.

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Christopher Timothy arrives at the World of James Herriot in Thirsk in the Austin car

Leeds nostalgia: November 1993: TV vet given ‘freedom of the city’

Actor Christopher Timothy, star of TV vet drama All Creatures Great and Small, became an honorary Yorkshireman. The Sussex-born actor was presented with a giant Yorkshire passport by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Keith Loudon at Leeds Civic Hall.

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Leeds nostalgia: How to meet people in 1993

Leeds nostalgia: How to meet people in 1993

Back in 1993 there was no facebook, no Tinder and definitely no MySpace, so if you wanted to find love you had a number of options, one of which was letting fate take you wither it would, so to speak, another was going out to a ‘pub’, or a club, and yet another was advertising through the local paper.

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Leeds nostalgia: First electric ‘cop car’ laughed at on streets in November 1993

Leeds nostalgia: First electric ‘cop car’ laughed at on streets in November 1993

The UK’s first electric police car went on patrol in Leeds, provoking laughter on the city’s streets. The three-wheel 40mph Cushman ZEV, or Zero Emission Vehicle - was already a familiar sigh in the United States, where it is caused by traffic wardens in LA and to patrol parts of New York.

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Leeds nostalgia: Bad Boys feel the pinch of cold

Leeds nostalgia: Bad Boys feel the pinch of cold

Around 200 fans gathered to watch their performance. The boy band sang Walking On Air in an unashamed bid for the Christmas Number 1 spot. They appeared thanks to Radio Aire and Magic 828, which hosted the show and Leeds nightclub Ritzy, where the boys were seen later that night.

“It’s freezing” said Bad Boy Matthew, 22, who looked worried about the chilly, bicep-baring performance. Fans Johanna Hilton, from Halton and Sharon Clarke, from Cross Gates, both 14, would have settled for nothing less. Johanna said: “I think they’re 50 times better than Take That.”

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Leeds nostalgia: November 1917: Scandal over Dutch Blue Circle cement used for building German defences

Leeds nostalgia: November 1917: Scandal over Dutch Blue Circle cement used for building German defences

A Hundred years ago today, as English troops fought German on the Continent, a scandal emerged - namely that English cement may have been used to build some German pill-boxes. The cement in question had been exported to Holland and it was assumed it then found its way into German hands.

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Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Ministerial resignation over Budget leak

Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Ministerial resignation over Budget leak

Times change but sometimes it feels as though we’re been here before, as illustrated by the front page on this day in 1947.

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Leeds nostalgia: Curious case of quarter mile on Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Leeds nostalgia: Curious case of quarter mile on Leeds & Liverpool Canal

We return once again to the milemarkers on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which have been the subject of debate on account of the orientation of the restored markers, whose signs appear to have been put on back to front, as it were.

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Leeds.  25th November 1992

A CHEERY gang of "golden oldies" which belts out the ballads of the past is proving a hit with people in South Leeds.

The Belle Isle Day Centre Choir, formed 11 years ago, has a full diary touring community centres and pensioner homes which cannot get enough of them.

Under the baton of Mr Walter Silver, the 20 men and women, average age around 65, have an accomplished programme from Black and White Minstrel classics to rousing choruses of Jerusalem and Holy City.

Pat Rowe, warden of the day centre at Belle Isle and a former choir leader, siad: "Our choir gives and receives great satisfaction.  It is in contant demand".

Leeds nostalgia: Leeds choir had X-factor back in 1992

Leeds, November 25, 1992: A CHEERY gang of “golden oldies” which belts out the ballads of the past was proving a hit with people in South Leeds.

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CONCERN: Wakefield Civic Societys own at risk list includes Clayton Hospital.

More Wakefield heritage sites at risk

heritage sites and historic architecture in Wakefield must be preserved for future generations.

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Horace Iles, the Leeds teen soldier who enlisted at the age of 14, and died at the Battle of the Somme.

Heroic Leeds boy soldier who refused to abandon his comrades on the battlefield - and lied about his age so he could fight

A teenage soldier’s final letter home from the front lines of the First World War is going on display in Leeds ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

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