Leeds nostalgia: Popular hobbies and interests

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Decades before we were hit by the Yarnbombing craze, Mrs Hilda Ludlam from Roundhay was wielding her knitting needles for charity.

She stitched together 200 blankets and showed the same sort of patience and attention to detail as George Dodd who, in 1976 built this detailed model of Ripon Cathedral complete with interior lighting..

APRIL 1983: ''Champion knitter Hilda Ludlam.

APRIL 1983: ''Champion knitter Hilda Ludlam.


Leeds jeweller Myer Waterman was putting the finishing touches to Leeds’ own Blackpool landau in 1971.

It may have been only 6 inches high but it was the only one in the city.

Some people had more unusual hobbies. Members of the Yorkshire branch of the Cameric Cigarette Card Club met at the Leeds City Museum back in 1954 and in 1983 Geoff Badrock showed off some of the prize exhibits at a meeting of the British Beer Mat Collectors’ Society at the Lawnswood Arms .