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5 years ago: The process of closing Holy Trinity Senior School, Holmfield, Halifax, has begun. Plans to develop a new academy on the site with the name North Halifax Academy have been approved by the Government. The new school is due to open in Holy Trinity’s buildings in 2010 with new buildings being completed by 2012.

25 years ago: The Princess Royal visited an Elland firm where water pumps are made for the Save The Children Fund in the Sudan. The English Drilling Equipment Company at Ainley Top, which is developing its Travellor 90 borehole drilling rig for use in drought-stricken Third World countries, gave the Princess a £10,000 pump for the fund.

nA time bomb is ticking under 2,500 jobs in Halifax. Fears are growing over the future of the Rowntree's factory in Halifax as it becomes clear that the Government is unlikely to refer the £2.1 billion bid by Swiss firm Nestle to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Halifax MP Alice Mahon said: “There is a fear we could lose our last large private employer.”

50 years ago: A £3.2 million takeover bid has been made for the L Harris (Harella) fashion wear group built up by a former tailor’s apprentice Lew Harris. The bid is from Selicourt and Sons, which trades its ancestry back to 1856 and is now one of the biggest producers in the fashion dress field in Britain.

nWhen the brakes failed on a lorry descending the moorland road from Blackstone Edge to Littleborough the driver steered the vehicle, loaded with with tons of coal, at over 60 miles an hour for nearly two miles. Alan Holland, aged 27, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, negotiated six bends, hit the back of another lorry and scraped the side of a railway bridge in an attempt to slow down. The lorry finally came to a stop on the rise of a hill in Littleborough.