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5 years ago: The amount of money paid to Calderdale councillors went up by about 10 per cent in 1987 to a record £682,000. The increase – three times the 3 per cent rate of inflation – was due partly to the councillors’ annual pay rise and members claiming bigger special responsibility allowances than in the past. The basic allowance was £9,670.

nVeteran road safety campaigner Leslie Godfrey is stepping down after 53 years protecting the people of Calderdale. Mr Godfrey is retiring as chairman of Sowerby Bridge Road Safety Group. “It’s my passion,” he said, “It started in 1924 when I remember seeing my sister Doreen getting knocked over at Bolton Brow.”

25 years ago: Mrs Thatcher’s press secretary, Hebden Bridge-born Bernard Ingham, has been accused of behaving like an “unelected member of the Cabinet” after he attacked the media. The accusation, from the Labour Party, came after a rare on-the-record statement by MrIngham in which he accused the press and broadcasters of hysteria.

nA mystery man has claimed his father made a deathbed confession that he killed Halifax shopkeeper Emily Pye in 1957. In anonymous phone calls to the Courier head office the man said his father had admitted the torment he had lived with since he battered the elderly spinster to death at her corner shop. The murder file has never been closed and police have appealed to the caller to contact them.

50 years ago: Donald Mawditt, of the ABC Cinema in Commercial Street, Halifax, has won the American award Showman of the Year – only the second time the award has been won in Britain. MrMawditt, of Slead Royd, Brighouse, has twice won citations from the international cinema magazine Motion Picture Exhibitor for publicity features.

nThe Mayor of Halifax has inaugurated an open week to mark the 100th anniversary of the Red Cross Society. A film was shown about the Red Cross’s work. In Halifax the society has two detachments and three cadet units with a total of 93 men and women trained in first aid and home nursing aged over 16 plus 91 cadets and 30 members.