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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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Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: The gift of Weetwood Wood

Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: The gift of Weetwood Wood

This week 70 years ago the retiring Lord Mayor of Leeds and his wife, Sir George and Lady Martin, gifted some eight or nine acres of land to the city to mark their retirement.

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Leeds nostalgia: Leeds ‘demob suits’ on display in New York

Leeds nostalgia: Leeds ‘demob suits’ on display in New York

For a Yorkshireman returning home after the Second World War, it was tailor made to help him take his first sartorial steps back into civilian life.

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Leeds, Wellington Street, 26th September 1970

Equipmant being moved into the new Yorkshire Post Building.

Leeds nostalgia: The fall of Bean Ing Mills and the YPN HQ

Ah, the good old days when newspapers could sell over 100,000 copies with nary a flat-cap wearing street vendor breaking a sweat... in fact, the stated circulation of the Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post used to be well above that.

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Leeds, 30th November 1983

Mr. Robert Maxwell addresses members of the national Graphical Association during his visit to Leeds yesterday to open Petty's new plant.

Printing magnate Mr. Robert Maxwell today launched a scathing attack on government industrial relations legislation while visiting a Leeds printing works.

Mr. Maxwell flew into Leeds by helicopter to open a new press at Petty & Sons, Whitehall Road, Leeds.

Leeds nostalgia: November 1991: Media tycoon who came to Leeds found dead

Media tycoon Robert Maxwell went missing at sea off the coast of Tenerife.

The indefatigable 68-year-old, owner of Mirror Group newspapers (MGC), was presumed to have fallen into the sea after suffering a heart attack on November 5.

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Leeds remembers Louis Le Prince, the first trailblazer of film

A plaque commemorating the achievements of film pioneer Louis Le Prince has been unveiled in Leeds, the city he once called home.

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PLAYING DEAD: Lothertons pet cemetery is, actually, very real.

Revealed: Leeds’s very own pet cemetery

The beloved four-legged friends of some of Leeds’s most prominent aristocrats are immortalised in this historic pet cemetery.

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Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Leeds Police receive 20 ‘999’ calls in three hours

Leeds nostalgia: October 1947: Leeds Police receive 20 ‘999’ calls in three hours

Turn the clocks back 70 years and the police in Leeds had access to a total of 10 vehicles.

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WAR EFFORT: The Barnbow Munitions Factory in Crossgates.

Leeds nostalgia: Tragedy of munitions girls

In the second part of our look back at the Barnbow Munitions Factory, which closed in 1918, we conclude the story of the fateful explosion which killed 35.

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