APRIL 1962: Bradford welcomed the Dagenham Girl Pipers to enliven a food festival at what was the Fine Fare in Petergate, the city centre’s first supermarket. Fine Fare were offering shoppers free chickens all week, at a time when chicken was regarded as a small luxury.

Fine Fare which opened as Cooper’s Supermarket – was also featured in the film Billy Liar. The Dagenham Girl Pipers were one of the great mysteries of the age, Why pipers from Dagenham in urban Essex? And Why females only?

NEW FACE: Hall Ings gets ready for massive changes in April 1964. The dotted line shows where the Norfolk Gardens Hotel was to be built. The premises of T C Firth Ltd and John L Morley were to go, as was the old Queen Hotel in Bridge Street.

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LINGARDS CLOSURE APRIL 1977: Lingards, the Bradford-based department store, bombed by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, dropped a bombshell of a different kind. Directors of the company announced that the two stores in Westgate and Sunbridge Road were to shut up due to adverse conditions.

The shock decision by the company, part of the giant UDS group, saw the shop close its doors on April 23, 1977.