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Pontefract Years in Focus 1972

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1970s

PONTEFRACT IN 1972

4th January 1972 - Taken From Express Readers Letters
May I first introduce myself. My Name is Peter Van Der Spek. As a boy of 14 I spent half a year in your town, in a camp for Dutch children ..more

1st February 1972 - Another Letter
Another letter has arrived from Peter Van der Spek, the Dutchman who still remembers with delight his six months stay in a camp for Dutch children in Pontefract 27 years ago... more

24th February 1972 - A Famous Death in the Town Hall
While London has its Nelson's column, Pontefract has its Nelson’s model - or, as it is sometimes called, Nelson’s tablet - and few who have ever visited the old Town Hall can be unaware of the fact. ...more

27th April 1972 - Entertaining Memories of Hope Terrace
His feet held by a rope noose, the man dangled head first from a girder in Front Street, Pontefract, viewing faces of the gasping crowd as he struggled to free himself from a straightjacket. ...more

4th May 1972 - Cavaliers and Roundheads
The days of the Cavaliers and the Roundheads are being revived in Pontefract, where recruitment for the Society of Cavaliers has begun. ...more

8th June 1972 - True Love Never Runs Smooth
The course of true love ne’er runs smooth and the experience of a friend’s nine-year-old bears out this adage. ...more

6th July 1970 - Lively ‘Brochure’ Revue
The St. Giles' Amateur Pantomime Society provided a carefree summer show for all the family with its production, ‘Holiday 72’. ...more

6th July 1972 - Welcomed With A Bang
Tuesday went with a bang at Pontefract Boys School for 17 American guests from Morristown, New Jersey. ...more

13th July 1972 - Tanshelf Sees the End of its Shopping Era
The last shop at Tanshelf, Pontefract, run single-handed by Mrs Minnie Holmes for the past 35 years, closed yesterday. ...more

17th August 1972 - Great Time In Rhodesia
A Pontefract couple, visiting their two daughters in Rhodesia, met the Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, were invited to a cocktail party with the President and Mrs Dupont and attended the ceremonial opening of Parliament. ...more

31st August 1972 - Resigns as Coroners Officer
After four years in the post, P.C. Douglas House, has resigned as Coroner’s Officer for the Pontefract Police Division. ...more

2nd November 1972 - Lord Rosse Opens New Scout H.Q.
The Earl of Rosse officially opened Cooke Hall in Bondgate –the new headquarters of the 1st Pontefract Scout Group. ...more

9th November 1972 - Pontefract Brushmaker Retires
When an 82-year-old Pontefract brush-maker retires at the end of this year, it will mean the end of his craft as far as Pontefract is concerned - but the atmosphere will be preserved through arrangements being made to transfer the interior of his workshop to a museum. ...more

 


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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