25 years ago: Plans for a new £54million factory by bathroom and kitchen company Spring Ram on a 50-acre site near Woodlands, Oakenshaw, were in doubt, after Bradford Council’s new Labour ruling group said it was unlikely to breach the authority’s green-belt policy.

50 years ago: A 49 year-old West Bowling man nearly died while gardening on Challis Grove, after a hidden mine shaft, thought to be more than 100 years old, collapsed under him, leaving a gaping hole 250ft deep.