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My own first experiences of Bradford’s music scene came in the early 1980s when denim-clad rockers flogged AC/DC covers in smoky pubs, alongside hair-styled, synth-driven bright young things, and the promise of suddenly being catapulted to stardom, simply by sending out demo cassettes, still seemed a tangible reality.
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When tourism pioneer Thomas Cook organised the first-ever conducted tour of Switzerland in 1863, 31-year old Jemima Morrell from Yorkshire was one of several Victorian ladies who leapt at the chance of exploring the Alps.
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Fascinating films of life in Bradford in years gone by is to be unveiled at the Bradford Film Festival. HELEN MEAD went to meet the family which has been keeping a movie record of Bradford and Bradfordians for decades.
5:33pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
If ever a year began inauspiciously it was 1974. A month-long miners’ strike – the second of its kind since 1972 – resulted in power reductions, a three-day working week and an inconclusive General Election at the end of February.
5:32pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
Lingards, the Bradford-based department store, was famously bombed by the Luftwaffe in the Second World War. But it was a bombshell of a different kind that directors of the company dropped in March 1977: They were closing.
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The article about Laisterdyke Local History Group, featured on the Remember When? page last month, prompted Mrs Kathleen Cockroft, nee Parsons, from Bingley, to send in a photograph of class 4A, Bradford Moor School, from 1949.
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Next year marks the centenary of the start of World War One. York Oral History Society has started to digitise and transcribe a collection of recordings with veterans, and some conscientious objectors, from World War One.
8:55am Wednesday 6th March 2013
Sometimes here on the Bizarre Bradford desk we like to spread the stories for each week’s column from a number of different papers in different years, and sometimes we hit upon gold in one single edition – and all of it animal-related. Thus it is this week, when all of our items were to be found in the Telegraph & Argus from Monday September 23, 1963. The first piece to catch our eyes had the arresting headline “His monkey caused blockage, Court told”. The mind boggled, and no less so after reading the piece: “A 25-year-old photographer who caused a ‘massive’ crowd to gather in Kirkgate, Bradford, on Saturday afternoon, ‘apparently intended bringing a little colour to the Bradford street,’ Mr John Bates, prosecuting, told Bradford City Court today.” The snapper, Lawrence Jay, pleaded guilty to obstructing the free passage of the highway, the report said, and informed us that he was fined £2 and ordered to pay £2 2s costs. But whither the monkey? A-ha: “Mr Bates said Jay had with him a monkey and was handing the pet to people and then photographing them with it. This attracted a crowd which was described by a policeman who apprehended Jay as ‘massive’. The pavement and part of the road was blocked by the crowd, added Mr Bates.” As if that wasn’t odd enough, consider this strange little piece: “Death of a fox at the farm”. A most curiously-written couple of paragraphs, worth retelling in full here: “For years it has been Herbert and Desmond Bailey’s wish to catch foxes which have attacked their remote farm at Wyke. “As they were working in the farmyard at Holly Hall Farm yesterday, they saw a fox in the middle of a pen of piglets. “They chased the fox. It jumped towards an open window, became stuck and in trying to free itself, died.” That’s your nature red in tooth and claw right there. An oddly poetic little piece, almost Beatrix Potter-ish in its unwavering view of rural life – and death. Speaking of death, how many ocelots does it take to make a coat? Take a look at this advert for C&A: “It looks like ocelot... it feels like ocelot...” But actually, it isn’t ocelot. Ten and a half guineas for a full-length simulation ocelot coat. Rest easy, conservationists. Time for some happy animal news, quick! And here it is: “Budgie show best ever”. Quite a claim, but who are we to argue when Mr John Edhouse, chairman of the Bradford Budgerigar Society, won three major awards at the society’s most successful show at St George’s Hall, Bradford? His gongs? “Best Bradford Member”, “The Breeder With Most Points” and “Best Opposite Sex Bird”. Stop giggling at the back. It’s time to finish. No monkeys, foxes, ocelots or budgies were harmed in the making of this column, apart from the ones that died 50 year ago, of course.
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"From October 1642 to March 1644, Bradford – which was little more than a large village – saw several bloody encounters between the Royalist forces of King Charles I and those on the side of Parliament and Oliver Cromwell.
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