From the archives

5 years ago

nOnce beautiful Square Church, Square Road, Halifax, has become an eyesore. It is covered with graffiti and the area littered with broken glass and rubbish. Teenagers have been blamed for the vandalism and litter. Metal railings round the 1857 church ruins are repeatedly pulled down.

nAfter nearly 20 years the Coliseum nightclub in Halifax is being revamped and renamed. The nightclub at Ward’s End will reopen as Liquid following a £2.5 million refurbishment, including state-of-the-art projection, light and sound systems.

25 years ago

nNightclub owner Kevin Quill has defended his decsion to sell beer at 10p a pint, despite claims that it clould spark rowdy, late-night behaviour in Halifax town centre. Ritzy, in Silver Street, Halifax, has been selling the 10p-a-pint beer on the last two Wednesdays and Mr Quill said most people drank moderately and sensibly.

nA former chapel which a coven of witches once earmarked for its headquarters has taken on a new lease of life. The old Methodist chapel at Mill Bank, near Triangle, has become a residential training centre and HQ of the nationwide AMIT training organisation.

50 years ago

nHalifax police are investigating two smash-and-grab raids on jewellers’ shops which took place within 48 hours of each other. In the first raid a brick was thrown through the window of C and E Taylor, of Haley Hill, Halifax, and in the second a patrolling police officer spotted a hole in the window of Collingwood’s in Commercial Street. Watches were taken from both shops.

nPlans to build multi-stor-ey blocks of flats for slum clearance dwellers near Sowerby Bridge town centre are set to be approved. The 88 flats at Pollit Fields, overlooking Wharf Street, will cost £237,000. Many will be offered to families displaced by the West Street redevelopment scheme.