From the Courier Archives

5 years ago

nHannah Cockroft is Halifax’s very own 2012 Paralympic Games hopeful. The 15-year-old from Mount Tabor was born with a damaged spinal cord that left her with balance problems. Now, after treatment, she is mobile and uses a wheelchair for long distances. Her Paralympics dream began when she was spotted by top wheelchair athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson after winning a silver medal for the seated discus at the UK Schools Games.

nA famous old pub that closed in January, the Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge, has become the target of thieves and vandals who have stripped stone slates from the roof and broken into the 17th-century building. The inn’s closure came as a shock to regulars. It was renowned for locally-brewed ale and live music.

25 years ago

nA £10 million expansion is planned by Halifax brewer Samuel Webster and Wilsons. The cash will be spent on a new plant which will increase brewing capacity by 15 per cent; converting the 82-year-old maltings at Ovenden Wood to offices; and a new distribution depot at Elland.

nA young gymnast’s dreams of a trip of a lifetime are in tatters after cruel thieves raided her home at High Meadows, Greetland. They took £500 cash and cheques which 12-year-old Johanna Stansfield had collected from sponsors and friends for a training trip to Russia. They also took jewellery.

50 years ago

nEverything but the result was right for Halifax Town, returning to the Shay after three months because of the winter weather. With a new strip, a better than average crowd of 5,053, a firm pitch and ideal weather, victory would have made it a perfect homecoming but Colchester scored twice in four minutes to win by 2-1.

nThe three-storey mill of Walsden Bleaching and Dyeing Company, Todmorden, was gutted by fire during the night. The blaze was discovered by Frank Raby, who went to the mill at 1.30am to attend to the boiler. Much of the machinery and many rolls of cloth were damaged. Two-thirds of the 200 men and women employees will be affected.