Looking back this week...

Five years ago

nHundreds of drivers in Halifax town centre may have paid £60 parking fines that were imposed illegally. They could have escaped Calderale Council penalties because a parking sign was so badly damaged it was virtually unreadable.

nPupils and staff at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School have moved into a new school building, four years after the old school was destroyed in an arson attack. The £6.2 million complex has classrooms on two floors, a hall, kitchen, worship area, computer room, library and after-school club area.

25 years ago

nHalifax licensee Ronnie Priestley has quit one the town’s newest pubs, Jenny Dee’s, at Salterhebble, after a bust-up with owner Chris Delaney. Mr Priestley, well-known licensee at the Bull’s Head, Halifax, for 18 years, and Mr Delaney disagreed over the running of the new pub.

nA day of entertainment was enjoyed by about 10,000 people at the Halifax Happening, the fifth held at the Piece Hall, where there were 49 charity stalls and a fleamarket. Entertaienment was providded by Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, Bullseye comedian Jim Bowen and Calderdale group Dino and the Travellers.

50 years ago

nBobby Cole, 17, of Sowerby Bridge, has five O-level passes even though he is totally deaf. In conversation he lip reads. Next week he starts at an apprentice training school at a Huddersfield engineering works.

nSome of today’s church workers are “squares”, the Rev C N Atkinson told Hebden Bridge School Union. “Today’s teenagers want dancing and pop records. They want to work off surplus energy and high spirits. They are bored,” he said.