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Pontefract Years in Focus 1980

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1980s

PONTEFRACT IN 1980

10th January 1980 - BLIND DATE LED TO MARRIAGE
A couple who met on a blind date in 1929, celebrated their golden wedding on Friday. Mr. Walker Evans and his wife Muriel, of Drivers Row, off Wakefield Road, Pontefract, were married at Pontefract Parish Church a year after they met.

10th January 1980 - PUPILS WORKING HOLIDAY
Thirty-Two pupils from Carelton High School, Pontefract, spent a week at Hornsea Centre as part of a field work trip. Study visits were made to deserted village site at Argam, an iron age site with monoliths at Rundstone, and there was also trips to Bridlington, Hull and Beverley.

17th January 1980 - OPEN MEETING AT REFUGE FOR BOAT PEOPLE
Eastwell Lodge, the Vietnamese refuge in Carleton, is holding an open public meeting this Saturday at 3pm.

14th February 1980 - WELL-KNOW THEATRICAL MR. VENNER
Following a fall in which he broke his leg Mr. Venner spent quite a time in hospital and recovered sufficiently to go home and resume his life - he lived alone in Rochdale. But more recently he became ill again and died in hospital on Friday.

14th February 1980 - MINER CRAWLS FOR EIGHT MILES TO HELP SCHOOL
An eight mile crawl on hands and knees by a linesman at the Prince of Wales Colliery, Pontefract, will hopefully have raised an estimated 500 for Went Vale School, Carleton, Pontefract.


 

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