AUGUST 8, 1975, midsummer monsoons hit the district with some of the weirdest weather for years.

As temperatures reached 86.4 in the shade, the hottest day since 1953, tropical thunderstorms brought lightning, danger and chaos to the district.

Barkerend Road, Kesteven Road, Holme Wood and Queen’s Road were all swamped by floods reaching up to 18 inches of water.

Police and fire services were inundated with reports of damage and power failures in Low Moor, Idle, Calverley, Keighley, and Bingley.

But worst of all was the damage on All Alone Road, Idle, where both the overhead electricity lines had been brought down, and a power failure to the Emley Moor transmitter had twice interrupted the afternoon’s TV viewing.

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A roundabout which became a river in Barkerend Road, Bradford.

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Mrs Annie Meakin, points out the damaged chimney stack, Halcyon Way, Little Horton.

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Mr and Mrs Dennis Willoughby stare out of their back window at this huge tree which the storm had deposited in their garden in Stonegate Road, Thorpe Edge, Bradford.