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Pontefract Years in Focus 1952

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1950s

PONTEFRACT IN 1952

8th February 1952 - Royal Courage
Tuesday night was quiet and calm. Wednesday brought another February day to the people of Pontefract and Castleford, but before the day was fairly launched it was marked by the sudden, poignant sorrow of a nation.

14th March 1952 - Pontefract Honours Four Citizens Freemen of the Town
The colour and ceremony synonymous with the name of Pontefract were seen at an unusual ceremony on Saturday when, in the presence of their fellow dignitaries representing every phase of the town's life, four of its principle public men were simultaneously made Honorary Freemen of the Borough

28th March 1952 - Fund Raising
Over £42 was raised for the National Chidrenís Home and Orphanage by a house-to-house collection in Pontefract.

2nd May 1952 - Local Seaman Killed off Korea
The Admiralty announced on Friday that Able Seaman Alan Greenwood, of Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, had been killed in action off Korea in the destroyer Concord

23rd May 1952 - Supper and Social Evening
The Next Event to be held by the Pontefract Combined Ex-Services Association is to be a supper and social evening for the entertainment of the wounded men at Chapel Allerton Hospital

27th June 1952 - Moneymakers
A small but well-attended informal garden party held at Parkside Farm, Pontefract, the home of Mr. and Mrs Townend, last week, by members of the Pontefract Parish Church, raised £41 for the work of the Church overseas

4th July 1952 - Lifelong Partnership
Mr. and Mrs Frank Esplay, of Kingís Mead, Pontefract, who went to school together, continued their companionship when they left, and eventually married, celebrate their golden wedding with a family party tomorrow

22nd August 1952 - Cadets Were Bombed - With Flour!
The 5th Cadet Battalion K.O.Y.L.I. returned home on Sunday after a week in camp at Skegness

31st October 1952 - New Chapter for Methodism in Pontefract
Methodism at the height of its power and glory was recalled in Pontefract, on Tuesday, when a part of the first church built in the town for a lifetime or more was officially opened.

17th October 1952 - To The Memory of King George VI
Leaders of civic life in the Pontefract and Castleford districts and the West Riding drew attention this week to local funds opened to provide a permanent memorial to King George VI.


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1930's


 

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