From the Courier archives

l 5 years ago

nHalifax’s Victorian Borough Market has been crowned the best in the country. The grade 2 listed market has scooped the 2008 award for the best market hall in England. It was given by judges for the National Association of British Market Authorities for having an “extra ingredient”.

nA new £10 million health centre is being built in Halifax Road, Todmorden. Accommodation on three floors will include treatment rooms, 10 consulting rooms, training rooms and facilities for health care assistants, district nurses, health education and baby clinics plus blood sample collection, podiatry and physiotherapy suites. There will also be a pharmacy, dentistry and car park.

l 25 years ago

nIn pouring rain councillors and officials witnessed the end for the former asbestos factory at Acre Mill, Old Town, Hebden Bridge. Work to clear the site has begun, a decade after residents asked for demolition of the mill, which has been blamed for the deaths of dozens of workers from asbestosis since it closed in 1971.

nPlans have been unveiled to revitalise the rundown Abbey Park Estate, Illingworth, Halifax. Seventy five homes for private sale are to be built on a site where 320 council homes are being demolished. Prices for the new homes would start at £20,000 for a two-bedroom bungalow.

l 50 years ago

nMaurice Harrop won the senior race in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, held at Exley, Halifax, skating over the snow and ice-bound course to bring the senior championship to Halifax for the first time this century. The Halifax team captain, Terry Bentley, also ran a fine race to finish second.

nAlderman Wilson Haigh, a Liberal member of Halifax Town Council since 1939, is to be Mayor of Halifax for the coming municipal year. Alderman Wilson, born in Queensbury, entered the family firm of stone merchants and quarry owners when he was 15 and became a councillor for Warley ward in 1939 and has served on many committees and other bodies.