From our archives:

85 years ago

The Duke and Duchess of York re-visited Chatham Dockyard to inspect the HMS York in its completed state after expressing a wish to return during the launch of the ship at Jarrow-on-Tyne in July, 1928.

The whole ship’s company had turned out to give the Royal visitors a loyal reception and were received by the Commander-in-chief at the Nore, Admiral Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt.

Germany had officially and emphatically declared that Field Marshal von Hindenburg would not retire from Presidential contest, even if he failed to secure election at the first ballot.

He was determined in that case to stand again in the second appeal to the electors.

50 years ago

The Duke of Edinburgh got a soaking when he took the wheel of one of Australia’s fastest racing yachts in Sydney harbour.

In the pouring rain the Duke, bare-headed with a fawn raincoat buttoned up to the neck, put the 12-metre yacht Dame Pattie, one of Australia’s contenders for this year’s America’s Cup, through her paces in a choppy sea.

It was not until a pressman called “Hey, Prince Phillip, take the wheel, sir,” that he clambered over from the regular helmsman, Jock Sturrock.

Ald William Burke, leader of York City Council, said that it was regrettable the council had been misrepresented on the Acomb Baths and Theatre Royal issue.

The estimates indicated that this was not a matter of choosing one project and dropping the other.

“We recognise there is a place for both, and we are still pressing the government to give us loan sanction to go ahead with the Acomb Baths scheme.”

20 years ago

Shopkeepers in Goodramgate, York, breathed a sigh of relief as seven weeks of road works to repair a broken gully came to an end.

Traders said the work had put customers off using the street.

Work on the road also briefly affected some of North Yorkshire when a JCB hit a high-voltage cable.

Butchers in York had hit back at claims that they needed to tighten up on food hygiene.

Dozens of butchers’ shops were surveyed by the City of York Council to check on safety procedures to help prevent the spread of E Coli contamination.

Although none had any serious hygiene problems, 35 out of 40 had room for improvement.