125 Years Ago - 1894

At a meeting of the Yeadon School Board, on Tuesday, a discussion took place on the flogging in the schools, a complaint having been made against one of the teachers. Mr. Claughton urged that no corporal punishment should be administered except by the headteachers, but no resolution was come to on the subject.

At the Robin Hood Hotel, Yeadon, on Wednesday evening, Messrs. Walmsley & Sons offered for sale by public auction £6,000 worth of stock in the Yeadon Waterworks Company.

100 Years Ago - 1919

Since the commencement of the railway strike aeroplanes have proved of very great service in conveying mail long distances, and they are likely to be still more extensively utilized for other commercial purposes before the world is much older. During the war flying machines of various kinds used to pass up and down the Wharfe Valley very frequently; but since the signing of the Armistice their visits have been few and far between; until of late to see one of any kind was something of a novelty.

In a crisis like the present there should be a spirit of mutual help and consideration, though we are sorry to say this has not manifested itself to the extent we should have liked to see. The stoppage of the train service locally, as well as elsewhere, left many people living a dozen or so miles away from work completely stranded, but owners of motor cars proceeded to business as usual; often in isolated comfort and splendour. There was not that disposition on the part of private motor car owners to give their less fortunate brethren a lift.

75 Years Ago - 1944

Nursing Officer Grace L. Moore, of Whitehaven, Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding, is the chief theatre sister working with specialists from London and Manchester as a brain surgery’s staff on the Burma front. There are only six of these teams working on the Allied battlefronts, two in Burma and the others in Italy, North Africa and Normandy. This intricate science, developed over the past 20 years, has saved the lives of hundreds of allied soldiers. In the last war it was only just beginning to be practised, and the results were negligible compared to today. Nursing Officer Moore’s parents have been medical missionaries in Siam for 40 years and are now in Japanese hands.

Mrs. A. Morris, Londesborough Street, Selby, formerly of 132 Main Street, Burley, received a telegram on Saturday afternoon from her husband Pte. A. Morris, of the First Airborne Division, saying that he has arrived in England, from Arnhem, and is “not even scratched.” Pte. Morris, who is 29, was for two years a police constable stationed at Guiseley.

50 Years Ago - 1969

The Shetland collie “Sheltie”, who ran loose for two years, no longer fits the description of the canine fugitive of Ilkley Moor. Since he was located just over a month ago at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Holmes, of Intake Head Farm, Hawksworth he has become one of the family. He is a constant companion of Mr. Holmes, whether he is engaged in the work of dry walling or fetching the cows in.

Ilkley Urban Council was recommended by the Finance and General Purposes Committee on Monday night to adhere to its policy of refusing applications from unlicensed cafes for the installation of “one-arm bandits” on the ground that to do so would provide temptation for children and could lead to a flood of applications. Councillors described themselves as keepers of the public conscience.

25 Years Ago - 1994

Addingham residents are fast becoming Francophiles who can’t get enough of frogs legs and snails. The delicacies have been a smash hit ever since French chef Thierry Grandgirard added them to the menu of traditional English fare at the Fleece Inn, Main Street.

Residents are set for victory in their long fight to ban lorries from thundering past their doors. The move would forbid heavy goods vehicles more than seven and a half tonnes in weight from using Addingham as a short cut towards both the A65 and the A59.