Archive for October, 2013

Don’t Spray the Reaper

Don’t Spray the Reaper

Don’t Spray the Reaper  by John Was East Leeds Magazine, October 2011 This chest infection just won’t let me sleep. And when I don’t sleep, my wife doesn’t because I’m tossing and turning. I blame the weather it’s rained on […]

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Growing up in 1930’s Leeds, we had to make our own entertainment and usually Saturday mornings were the times me and my pals got together. We used to play Touch and Pass, a kind of rugby which was played with […]

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

As Britain and particularly Yorkshire bask in the glow of a successful Olympic Games, it made me think of the last time the games were held in London. Some people tried to call these (2012)  Olympic Games the austerity games […]

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

In the past few issues, I have endeavored to convey the achievements of some proud Yorkshire men. But what about the ladies? I hear you say. Well in this Olympic year, I’m proud to feature a couple of local sporting […]

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

I’m going to take you back to just before the war this issue, Saturday 28th August 1938, a day I will never forget. We were still living off Kirkstall Road at the time and I’d just celebrated my tenth birthday. […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Despite the country still in the grip of war, in some aspects we tried to tick along as normal as we could although it wasn’t always possible. The football league had to be suspended after three games, probably just as […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

About 1942-43, in wartime Britain, all lads as teenagers had to register and join a youth organization. We had a choice of Boys Brigade, Army, Air or Sea Cadets, the Boy Scouts or Messenger Cadets. If the war was to […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Bombings & War Time Cinema

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Bombings & War Time Cinema

By the end of 1940 the number of evacuees in Otley had dwindled. Many children had just drifted back to Leeds as a result of the bombing not been as bad as anticipated. It was decided to terminate the operation […]

Evacuees

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Mothballs and the ATS Ladies

War Time Memories by Crossgates resident Alan Mills, Part three. Eleven year old Alan Mills had been evacuated from Leeds to Otley: Mothballs and ATS Ladies To move on further into the fascinations of wartime Otley, I remember there was […]

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Cattle Market

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Cattle Market

War Time Memories by Crossgates resident Alan Mills, Part two Eleven year old Alan Mills had been evacuated from Leeds to Otley: Christmas 1939 was approaching… It was strange because there was no real sign of any war, people had […]

Evacuees

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Beckons

Memories from Crossgates Resident Alan Mills Evacuees Part One. Otley Beckons In 1939, Yorkshire again won the County Cricket Championship and on the 3rd of September, Britain declared war on Germany. To me it certainly was a momentous year. I […]

Wilsons Butchers -Winter Warmers

Wilsons Butchers -Winter Warmers

  Welcome to our regular page. This month has been mainly about getting back to normal after the holiday season. Most people have had their summer holidays now and are getting back into a regular routine again. This along with […]

Day and Night Pharmacy – Campaign for Plain English

Day and Night Pharmacy – Campaign for Plain English

Campaign for Plain English by Abel Kubare English has been made easy. You’ll notice that the warning on your medicine label now reads ‘may make you sleepy’ instead of ‘may cause drowsiness’ just so that everyone gets it.   Some […]

Lee on the big screen at Celtic Park

Lee Murtagh – Celtic Park and Life Begins at 40!

I’m starting this one off with a different sport – football. I finally got to go up to Celtic Park and was on the pitch beforehand where I got a fantastic reception from the Parkhead faithful. I must admit I’m […]

Grace Communion Church – Religion Causes Wars

Grace Communion Church – Religion Causes Wars

‘Religion causes wars’. ‘We would all be better off without religion’. These are phrases that we all probably hear from time to time, and in one sense I agree with them! The problem today seems to be that religion has […]

Welcome to East Leeds Magazine

Welcome to East Leeds Magazine

Issue 34 Don’t you ask me to come out, When the sun does shine,  Better stay here with curtains drawn,  In darkness you’ll be mine,  Let’s wait for the blackout,  The light is too bright,  Let’s wait for the blackout,  […]

Alex at the finals

Alexandra Turner – 2013 British Taekwondo National Champion

I am so very pleased to say that I have won GOLD at the British Taekwondo National Championships and I now hold the title of the British Taekwondo National Champion 2013, in my weight division! The championships took place in […]

Alan Mills – First Shift and Can-Cans

Alan Mills – First Shift and Can-Cans

Alan Mills had finally settled in at Haifa and was looking forward to his first shift as a constable with the Palestine Police.   So – after all the travelling, all the training, I finally was on the rota to begin […]

Spadgers Ride and Winter Cycling

Spadgers Ride and Winter Cycling

  Sunday 13th October and my new racing team Alba Rosa Cycling Team rode with about a 1000 other cyclists for ‘Spadgers Ride.’ I cycled with Lewis Barry a few years ago but I can’t claim to have known him […]

My Musical Adventure in Leeds by Phil Pendlebury

My Musical Adventure in Leeds by Phil Pendlebury

When I was about 7 years old, I picked up an old acoustic guitar and moved the pegs, tuning the instrument to “Open E”. I had unknowingly discovered my “musical ear” and my musical adventure had begun. I had to […]

Save Our Scholes

Save Our Scholes

Since our last article on SOS (Save Our Scholes) late on last year, the group has gone from strength to strength and are now recognised as a force to be reckoned with both within the village and beyond. For those […]