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Pontefract Years in Focus 1959

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1950s

PONTEFRACT IN 1959

16 January 1959 - MEN ESCAPE IN QUARRYSIDE COLLAPSE
The lives of two men were probably saved because they had an early luncheon on Monday, when a 15 yard stretch of a high quarry side fell in Tanshelf Drive, Pontefract

16 January 1959 - KEYZERS SPLENDID NEW STORE
A 'West End' atmosphere, where you can buy almost every conceivable commodity, or dine in a Continental Cafe' overlooking Valley Gardens

31 May 1959 - REGIMENT TAKES LEAVE
A very fun weekend witnessed the final activities of the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment at Pontefract, before its long associations with the town are ended.

7 August 1959 - MINDEN RECALLED BY K.O.Y.L.I.
The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Minden was celebrated during the weekend by troops of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infirmary at the Regimental Depot, Pontefract..

25 September 1959 - 250th RECRUIT
Lawrence Rotherford, aged 19, of Long Crest, Carleton, became the Regiments 250th recruit this year.

25 September 1959 - MISS K.O.Y.L.I. CONTEST
The second of a series of recruits dances at Pontefract Barracks, at which will be selected qualifiers for the title of 'Miss K.O.Y.L.I.' was held on Wednesday

25 September 1959 - BATTLE OF BRITAIN WEEK
As part of the week's activities at Pontefract, the local branch of the Royal Air Force Association held a whist drive in the Gymnasium at the Barracks, Pontefract

25 September 1959 - LIVE FISH
Live fish, birds, and a fountain, formed part of the decorations of the Tanshelf Methodist Church, Pontefract, for the harvest thanksgiving services

October 1959 - REGIMENTAL HOME FOR 78 YEARS
The long association with Pontefract of two well-known Yorkshire regiments is to be ceremonially acknowledged this weekend, when the Town Council will confer civic honours on the York and Lancaster Regiment

13 November 1959 - OVER 300 PEOPLE ATTENDED
Over 300 people attended the annual Pontefract General Infirmary dance held in Wordsworth Ballroom, on Friday

20 November 1959 - MRS DOBROWSKA VISITS PONTEFRACT
"Good evening", I said. "Dobry wieczor",  replied the attractive, dark haired lady I greeted.

20 November 1959 - FESTIVAL OF QUEENS
The annual Festival of Queens of the Central Methodist Church, Pontefract, yesterday week, raised about 200 for the funds of the National Children's Home

20 November 1959 - QUEENS GUIDE
On Monday, at the Girl Guide Headquarters, Market Place, Pontefract, Pamela Wormald, aged 16, of Willow Park, Pontefract, received the Queen's Guide Badge

11 December 1959 - FOR DISCHARGED MINERS
''Its the best thing that has been done for us'', commented a man in a wheelchair, about the Social and Craft Centre for Disabled Miners - the first in the country - which was opened at Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract

11 December 1959 - SHOPPING THE MODERN WAY
For 35 years, Asquith  has been a household name in Pontefract... Asquith the butcher, noted for quality beef and pork.  Now the name Asquith will become known to an even wider public

11 December 1959 - V.C. BOUGHT
The York and Lancaster Regiment has bought the Victoria Cross awarded to Lance-Corporal Sinnott, of the 84th [York and Lancaster] Regiment


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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