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Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

I began to settle into my life in the Palestine Police. Four shifts, spanned over seven days a week. We rarely had a day off and often did two shifts in a day. Even if we did have a free […]

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Anthony Clavane -Playing the Joker

Leeds writer Anthony Clavane on his play ‘Playing the Joker’ which is on at Leeds Playhouse between 19th-23rd November as part of the Play, Pint & a Pie season. At the end of 1977, whilst doing my A-Levels at Roundhay School, […]

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathan – The Mother of All Wars

Cheryl Nathen gave birth to her son Kieron in 1990. She put on a little weight during pregnancy and rather than opt for weightwatchers or the gym, decided to join the Royal Auxialliary Air Force (the airforce equivalent of the TA). […]

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Polish Resistance: the Story of Jerzy Sopiaski

Jerzy Sopiaski died peacefully at his home in Poland earlier this year. He had lived in East Leeds between 1946 and 2006. I was told his story by his great niece and nephew who came to Leeds to work four […]

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE – Those Were the Days

James Else MBE, on his National Service and work with the Dunkirk Veterans Association. James H Else MBE has lived virtually all his life in Leeds apart from his Army service between 1939 and 1946. During his school days he […]

From Normandy to India

From Normandy to India

We go back a few years for this interview with a few veterans from World War Two. John Heald and Edward Armitage are both in their eighties and live at Woodview Sheltered Housing Complex in Whinmoor. They and a few […]

guy fawkes bonfire

Gun Powder, Treason, Treacle and Toffee Apples

It says something for the rebellious spirit of Yorkshire that a man who tried to blow up the houses of parliament is celebrated in pagan like fashion some 500 years after his demise. Guy Fawkes…it’s often said he was probably […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alan Mills – Room with a View

Alan Mills – Room with a View

Alan Mills finished his training at the Palestine Police training college at Mount Scopus Jerusalem and awaited his first posting in Haifa So the end of basic training and farewell to Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. The next morning six of […]

Forty Years of Jeff Christie

Forty Years of Jeff Christie

40 Years of Jeff Christie By John Wheelhouse, July 2010 
 In 1970 Jeff Christie had a massive world wide hit with Yellow River. The song sold 20 million copies and was No1 in 26 different countries and spent 3 […]

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

I remember how Friday tea-time was always special for Jimmy. Fish and chip night, every Friday. A family treat. Jimmy’s dad used to come home from work with the Evening Post under his arm and an empty lunch box. Ten […]

Punk in East Leeds

Punk in East Leeds

  Rewind the cassette back to late-1977 and you’ll hear the soundtrack of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee backed by the Sex Pistols. You’d probably have to fast forward it a little to about 1978 before you’d find much about Punk […]

Turning Rebellion into a Living

Turning Rebellion into a Living

Following on from the Punk in East Leeds article a few months ago, Alan Dawson aka Dosher tells us how teenage rebellion led to a 25 year musical career. “As a teenager, Punk was everything to me, a really important time […]

Funky Butt Chunky

Funky Butt Chunky

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Interview with Cleve Freckleton aka “Funky Butt Chunky’ January 2011. With all musicians it’s a reasonable question to ask, how did you get into all this? We asked Cleve Freckleton (aka Reverend Chunky) and got a history lesson of […]