December 2009

  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: When the organisers of a Saltaire panto gave a teenager the role of the genie they didn’t know they were going to help grant a wish of his own. 
For landing the role in Aladdin encouraged 27-stone Martin McCulley to slim down so he could fit the costum
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A spate of unwanted Christmas presents, including Lego, toy racing cars and cuddly toys, have found their way into Yorkshire Water’s treatment works as householders use the region’s sewers to dispose of rubbish.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The district could be hit by a fresh blast of snow during today and tomorrow, experts have warned.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford and Keighley were bustling with bargain hunters over the weekend as eager shoppers made the most of the post-Christmas sales.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A Bingley mum and her army of volunteers have sent 12,000 festive parcels to soldiers in war zones across the globe. 
And the work of Support Our Soldiers received royal approval when she met Princes William and Harry at a national awards ceremony.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A campaign to save a rare Second World War pillbox near the site of a former Steeton munitions factory has resulted in it getting protected status.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tourist hotspots in the Bradford district are celebrating – because of the recession. 

The summer trend to holiday near home to save on costs is continuing through the Christmas period, tourist bosses report.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Two businessmen has created a truck to help save endangered rhinos in Africa. 
Dave Thornes, of Ladyroyd Garage, Bradford, and  John Green, of Rydam Universal, Leeds, have spent £50,000 on the vehicle, which will will be used by rangers in Kenya.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Shoppers have been given an extra hour of free parking at the Forster Square retail park in Bradford as the management of the car park has changed hands.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Council is confident its stocks of grit will be enough this winter as supplies are much higher than they were last year.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: David Hockney, labelled a grumpy old man for protesting about anti-smoking laws on Radio 4’s Today programme, is now going to edit the show.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Details of all expense claims put in by the Bradford district’s five MPs have revealed they claimed a combined £88,500 to run their second homes.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A major part of Bradford’s Christmas programme has been cancelled already. 
The German Market in Centenary Square was packed up yesterday – a fortnight earlier than planned.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A Shipley Scouts pack has called on the community to help it buy a disused church building to use as its base.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Residents are being urged to recycle as much as possible during the festive period as the amount of waste households produce traditionally rises rapidly.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A campaign has been launched to honour a Bingley-born astronomer by renaming the town’s bypass after him.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An extra 76 Automatic Number Plate Recognition system cameras,   which can flag up illegal drivers, have brought Bradford's network up to 98, which is described in a Council report as an “unprecedented and national-leading resource”.
  • Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A campaign has begun to save a rare Second World War pillbox on the site of a former munitions factory used as a set in the classic 1970s film, Yanks. The brick building, at Steeton, near Keighley, is thought to be one of only two in the country.

December 2009

We take a sideways look at some of the stories that have appeared in the Telegraph & Argus.

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