125 Years Ago - 1892

ON TUESDAY night Maggie Wroe, aged ten years, daughter of Mr Joseph Wroe, greengrocer, Addingham,while crossing the street, was knocked down by a passing bicycle and rendered unconscious. With great difficulty she was extricated from the machine, and Dr Bates was immediately in attendance. The cyclist, who hails from Saltaire, was thrown from the machine and had his watch broken to atoms. No blame seems to be attached to him.

Overjoyed at the result of the election in the Skipton Division, the youthful and more enthusiastic adherents of the Liberal cause in Addingham organised an impromptu demonstration on Thursday night to celebrate their victory.

100 Years Ago - 1917

ILKLEY Communal Kitchen, which has been established by the Church Institute, was open for inspection from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday and yesterday, and those attending had not only the opportunity of sampling the day’s menu, but also of inspecting various economical dishes made and cooked in the kitchen. These consisted principally of curried beans, chocolate mould custard, sago mould, fish pudding, rice pudding, rice bread, fried egg on maize, rissoles, meat scrap, fruit pie, fishcakes and stuffed vegetable marrow.

At the West Riding Appeal Tribunal at Leeds yesterday, Captain S. Alexander (Military Representative) asked for the withdrawal of the certificate held by an Ilkley grocer, aged 39, single, whose takings were said to be £50 per week. He has no relatives, and Mr A Willey, who appeared for him said that if the man had to go the business would have to close down. Temporary conditional exemption was given to September 12th, but it was intimated that the certificate would not be renewed. Captain Alexander asked for leave to take the case to the Central Appeal Tribunal, in view of the number of married men with children and businesses the tribunal had sent into the Army.

75 Years Ago - 1942

IT HAS been reported by a number of Aireborough councillors that 12 or 14 flags have been broken in front of the West View premises in Guiseley. Enquiries are being made about the person responsible.

That walking to the cemetery in front of motor funerals should not be permitted, is among the suggestions to save petrol put forward by the Yorkshire Area Foundation of the National Federation of Funeral Directors.

50 Years Ago - 1967

PARENTS are given an introduction to the changing primary schools of today, their greater emphasis on freedom and initiative, in a popular paperback published by the Department of Education and Science. “Inside the Primary School” is written not for those professionally connected with education but for the public, for parents and “anyone who wants to know what primary schools are like.”

It was estimated that more than 5,000 people flocked to Ripon Racecourse on Saturday to support the rally promoted by Ripon Division Conservative Association. Many of the visitors were from Conservative branches in the Wharfedale area, whose members played an active part in organising the event. Principal feature of the rally from a political viewpoint was an address by Mr Enoch Powell.

25 Years Ago - 1992

MRS AUDREY Totty, of Bramhope, has just returned from an eight-day trip to Holland where she represented the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association at an international conference. The triennial Associated Countrywomen of the World conference, at The Hague, attracted 700 delegates from 65 countries.

Royal Marine captain Rob Metcalfe was on top of the world after breaking two world records. Rob, from Pool-in-Wharfedale, was part of a team of 12 Royal Marines who walked up a rope from the ground to the space deck of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada - a height of 1,465 feet - and abseiled back down , setting new records. “The climb up took one hour 56 minutes and the descent took ten minutes, but each time it was the waiting which caused the tension,” he said.