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Following your article about Leeds Museum’s war time blast wall in last Monday’s Retro, the old Leeds Museum was just to the left of the picture, next to the traffic lights.

After the Second World War bomb damage, the front of the museum was demolished to leave a forecourt but there was still plenty of room for many exhibits.

I used to like the stuffed tiger - shot in the Dehra Dun region of India by some colonel or other. Also in the basement was a model coal mine with full sized machines, which were originally steam driven.

It was also a secluded ‘snogging’ location. Ha ha.

DS Boyes, Rodley, Leeds

Following your recent article on Sccotacars, one of my members who lives in Leeds area has kindly sent details of the original article which appeared in your newspaper (Scootacars, August 11, 1958 – YEP Album).

I thought that you might be interested to hear there is still an interest in this British-built micro car.

From my records it would appear that some 970 Scootacars were manufactured with details of just over 200 on file. Unfortunately, not many turn up these days, but there are a few on the road, and quite a number being restored.

Scootacars can now be found all over the world; mostly in the UK including Ireland but also Canada, USA, Europe and even one in Australia. Quite a few are now on display in museums.

I would like to hear from anyone in your area who perhaps worked at the Scootacar factory in Hunslet or anyone who has any stories relating to the Scootacar.

Stephen Boyd, Scootacar Register, Holman Close, Aylsham, Norwich, Norfolk

Correction: Last week, Times Past implied President Roosevelt was still alive in June 1945, when, in fact, he died in April of that year. Thanks to Michael Owen of Knaresborough for pointing it out.