THE THRILLS and spills of panto have been enjoyed by generations of children and adults in Yeadon.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the very first Yeadon Charities Association pantomime - one of the longest running series in the country.

The award winning shows started in 1939 with Cinderella, and this year’s production - Aladdin - was the association’s 80th production. Now the group is coming full circle by staging Cinderella again in 2020.

Some of the many highlights can be seen in these photographs from the Yeadon Charities Association archives.

The association’s website says: “Throughout the years our shows have won numerous accolades, however the biggest testament to the standard of our shows is the audiences that keep returning.”

All the fun is part of serious fundraising to help local people. One of the highlights of the association’s work is the annual free trip to the seaside for elderly residents - and it also helps support a number of good causes based in the town, including Memory Lane and the Forget Me Not Cafe.

The pictures, top to bottom, left to right, show - Nell Houghton, Jack and the Beanstalk, Hartley Harrison, Mother Hubbard in the 1930s, and Joe Long in the 1930s.