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5 years ago

nMourners unable to get to Park Wood Crematorium may soon be able to watch funerals on their computers. The new service, nicknamed “Crem Cam”, is part of a £1.4 million scheme to upgrade the crematorium for the first time since it opened in 1956. Park Wood, designed to cater for 800 funerals a year, now handles about 1,600.

nFurious tenants have vowed to save their Elland bungalows from demolition. People in 40 bungalows in the Elland Lane area are angry after Pennine House 2000 announced plans to redevelop the site with flats and family houses. The mainly elderly residents say they are happy living there and do not want to leave.

25 years ago

nCalderdale Council’s hopes of restoring a Halifax block of flats which have been boarded up for eight years have been dashed. The Government has refused to approve improvements to 96 flats in Cragg Court, Mixenden. The council wanted to turn the flats into furnished rented accommodation for young people.

nA major office development may take place on the site of Cross Field bus station, Halifax. It is understood the plans could create several hundred jobs. Offers for the site have also come from supermarket and DIY companies. The bus station, which will close when a new one opens at Northgate, Halifax, is estimated to be worth between £300,000 and £400,000.

50 years ago

nA carrier bag containing dynamite was found in a Halifax house, magistrates were told. Three police offices who went to the house in Fitzwilliam Street, Halifax, found a brown paper carrier bag on the top shelf of a cupboard containing four sticks of dynamite and a large ball of modelling clay. A 26-year-old labourer, charged with having explosive substance in suspicious circumstances, was remanded in custody.

nThe most modern stage in Halifax schools is to be used publicly for the first time. The stage, at Holy Trinity Secondary School, Holmfield, which opened last year, will be used by pupils in the play Shadow of the Eagle, about Christan persecution in Roman-occupied Judea. The stage has impressive lighting and curtain systems.