Leeds nostalgia: Burning lorry cuts a swathe through Pudsey in 1982

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What do you do if you wake up to find your hay bale truck on fire?

Well, one Pudsey driver was faced with such a dilemma. The lorry in question was parked outside his home and its load had been set alight. In a bid to prevent damage to his house on Chapeltown, the driver climbed into the cab and drove the truck on a circuit of the town in a bid to shake off the burning bales.

However, his plan didn’t quite work, as one burning bale fell off and set a car alight and more bales caused the windows of a fish n chip shop and the flat above to be blown out.

Another shop had its windows damaged, another had its awning melted and the heat from the burning truck even melted a road sign.

Greengrocer Roy Capstick, one of the victims of the rampage, said: “I think most of the damage occurred when the petrol tank went up.”

The driver of the lorry had to abandon his flaming circuit of the town, which took in Carlisle Road, Station Street and Greenside, when burning tarpualin flopped down in front of his windscreen.

The £4,000 lorry was eventually completely destroyed.