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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 […]