Leeds nostalgia: living longer and moving faster in the 1940s

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A new world record was created for crossing the Atlantic, after a fully laden bomber covered the 2,200 miles in 6hrs 12 minutes.

The full-laden Liberator bomber left Newfoundland and travelled to Britain, clipping eight minutes off the previous best, which was notched up just a few days earlier.

Captain G R Sam Buxton, 37, a British Overseas Airways Corporation pilot, achieved an average speed of 300mph during the crossing.

He also notched up another record, flying from Montreal to Britain, a distance of 3,150 miles, in 11 hours 12 minutes, which was an hour and nine minutes faster than the previous record, which had stood for 14 months.

In other news, Keighley centenarian Maria Cullen was paid a visit by the mayor and mayoress of the town, who presented her with a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates and some eggs.

According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post at the time, nothing much phased Mrs Cullen, who was photographed doing “a little light housework” on her 100th birthday.

It said: “She was sweeping the path. For many years she lived alone and continues to do all the lighter housework and occasionally goes shopping.”

A native of Ireland, she moved to Keighley 70 years earlier and did not retired from work until she was 76. Since that time she had never been outside the town and had never been to a cinema.

Another news article reported how 80-year-old George Broughton, of Sugarwell Mount, Leeds, had to be taken to hospital after being trapped between two omnibuses on Duncan Street. He was taken to St James’s suffering fractured ribs and shock.

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