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Looking back with the Ilkley Gazette and the Wharfedale Observer
4:16pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in Across the Years
125 Years Ago – 1887
Letter Theft – At the Yorkshire Summer Assizes, Leeds Town Hall, on Tuesday, Bowling Forrest, 23, letter carrier, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with stealing a cheque for the payment of £2 11d 1d and a transfer of certain stock to the value of £100 at Ilkley on July 14. The court was told he had been for some years an auxiliary postman in the Ilkley Post Office. He had borne a good character but had been married very early on a salary of only 7s a week, and had been tempted to steal a letter containing a cheque. The judge said he would not send him to penal servitude, but would sentence him to 12 months’ imprisonment.
Memorial Stone – The Bishop of Ripon on Saturday laid the memorial stone of the new vicarage, which is being erected on a commodious site covering an acre of ground, situated near to the Arthington and Pool highway, and amongst the ladies and gentlemen present were Mr and Mrs Fawkes, Farnley Hall; the Rev SR Anderson, vicar of Otley; the Rev C Black, vicar of Burley.
100 Years Ago – 1912
Charity Carnival – Fortune smiled upon the cause of charity on Bank Holiday, the day when so many efforts are made to replenish the coffers of deserving institutions. Following a wet weekend, the weather improved before noon on Monday. It was under these conditions that the tenth annual carnival in aid of Ilkley Coronation Cottage Hospital was held, and though nothing could be done more to discourage the hard-working promoters than the wretched weather had done, they bravely persevered and were rewarded accordingly.
Lucky Escape – A little girl aged four years old narrowly escaped serious injury on Saturday evening. It appears she was staying with relatives in Otley, and at the time of the accident, was crossing Boroughgate in the direction of the feast ground, and the little girl was knocked down by a motor car. Fortunately, the car was not going at a fast speed, and she just escaped from the wheels passing over her, otherwise her injuries would have been much more serious.
75 Years Ago – 1937
Festival Pageantry – The festival of St Oswald has occupied the minds and hearts of Guiseley people this week. It began on Saturday with the pageantry that has been associated with it for a number of years; the service in the church, the after-meeting at the Cross in Town Gate, and all the fun and entertainment of the garden party in the rectory gardens. It was continued on Sunday with church services and again on Thursday.
Tennis Tournament – The Ilkley Lawn Tennis Tournament of 1937 will be remembered for its brilliant weather. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday saw matches played in sparkling sunshine. Indeed, the heat became at times somewhat of a trial for spectators and players alike. But it could not be expected that the Ilkley tournament completed without living up to its reputation of being at some point delayed by rain. Wednesday never really saw the sun break through the clouds, and at 5 o’clock, there came rain followed by thunder, which held up play for 1 1/2 hours.
50 Years Ago – 1962
Sheep Killed – Ten sheep were killed when a three-deck wagon, carrying 130 sheep, crashed on a sharp right-hand bend in Burley main street, near the parish church gates, on Wednesday afternoon. As the vehicle rounded the bend, the wagon body tore away from the chassis and fell on its side on the footpath. Panic-stricken sheep thrown clear from the open-top deck raced along the road, causing a traffic hold-up as motorists swerved and braked. Two hours after the crash, 20 sheep were still missing.
Iron Curtain – A glimpse of life in the Iron Curtain countries is given by Herbert Snape, a Horsforth magistrate and youth worker, in an article written from Moscow, one of the places he has visited on a holiday tour. The article took five days by air-mail to reach our office and it arrived intact without any sign of censorship.
25 Years Ago – 1987
Pussies Galore – It announces ‘Pussies Galore’ on a wooden name-plate at the home of Rita Bulmer, Horsforth. This is no understatement. There are literally pussies galore – about 80 altogether – at the house. There are cats everywhere –, in the kitchen, the living room, two bedrooms, the bathroom and the back garden. Mrs Bulmer has turned her home into a cattery. She works voluntarily for the Cats Protection League, which rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for stray, ill-treated and unwanted cats and kittens.
Rail Cuts – The Wharfedale Rail Users’ Group has added its voice to the growing number of protests about the cuts in public transport expenditure recently announced by the Department of Transport. Rail Users’ chairman, Tom Franks, said: “What we are annoyed about is the inbuilt assumption of central Government that expenditure on public transport is a waste of money and needs to be cut, while at the same time it is encouraging local authorities to spend more and more on roads.”