From the Courier archives

5 years ago

nWhen Calderdale Council decided to buy the old Standard Wire works at Sterne Mills, Copley, Halifax, it intended to spruce up the site for a handful of workshops and offices. Today the Copley Transformational Project aims at the complete rejuvenation of the area with up to 400 new jobs, as many homes, a new road, river and canal bridges and a nature reserve.

nA former teacher, vicar and campaigner for the deaf, the Rev Hubert Makin, has died, aged 89. Mr Makin, of Mount Tabor, Halifax, was a teacher at several locals schools, including J H Whitley Secondary Modern, where he was head of science. He began training for the ministry just before he retired in 1978 and became assistant priest at St Paul’s Church, King Cross.

25 years ago

nA buyer for the old Halifax bus station is set to be chosen soon. Several offers have been made for the prime one-acre site at Cross Field which will be vacated when the town’s new £2.8 million bus station on Northgate is completed. Bus operators virtually abandoned Cross Field when services were deregulated more than a year ago, saying it was decrepit and out of the way for passengers.

nHeartless cowboy contractors have been condemned after dumping bags of deadly blue asbestos at the remains of Acre Mill, Old Town, Hebden Bridge. Safety officers say the contractors have left the bags there to get round tough restrictions on asbestos dumping. The bags were discovered by workers clearing the site where workers employed by Cape Asbestos contracted the killer disease.

50 years ago

nThe surface heating of carriageways to combat snow and ice has been incorporated in a new plan for dual three-lane roads at New Bank Halifax. The improvement will cost an estimated £260,000.Eventually the dual carriageway will be extended down Godley Lane to Stump Cross.

nMisadventure verdicts have been recorded on a man and a woman who died of coal gas poisoning at their home in Elland. Police who broke into the house in Grosvenor Street found Percy Heppenstall, aged 87, dead on the dining room floor and his sister-in-law, Alice Bintcliffe, 78, slumped in a chair.