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A really big year for gliding

York Press: Glider about to bungee off Sutton BankArchive photo supplied by Yorkshire Gliding Club

2:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE first man to launch himself off Sutton Bank in a glider seems to have been one Erik Addyman. He'd have been little more than 20 years old when, in 1911 - just a few years after the Wright brothers' landmark flight - he decided to build his own flying machine.

Touched by granddad's wartime story

York Press: The Langemark German cemetery at Ypres

3:31pm Monday 7th April 2014

DAVID Moncaster was very young when his grandfather Frank died. Yet he'll never forget a story his father Percy told him about his granddad.

Why did my dad have this Somme medal?

York Press: Betty Gray (86) with the 'Somme' medal. Picture : Garry Atkinson

2:10pm Monday 31st March 2014

PERCY Lockwood-Bradley was the landlord of two well-known York pubs in the years after the First World War; first the Groves Club on Penley Rose Street, and later the Bowling Green Inn, formerly on Lowther Street.

Tang Hall history group in photo appeal

York Press: 'Jack and his merry men' in Tang Hall in 1929

2:08pm Monday 31st March 2014

HERE are some pictures of Tang Hall as we bet you have never seen it before.

10 lost chocolate classics - which do you miss most?

York Press:

1:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

Which of these ten lost sweets do you remember and miss?

Wedding way to family story

York Press: The wedding photograph of Harriet Gibson and Tom Thrush in 1905

3:01pm Monday 24th March 2014

WHEN his father James Gibson Stanhope died in 1985, local historian Peter Stanhope inherited a faded sepia photograph. It was a formal wedding portrait: but Peter had no real idea who the people pictured were, apart from a vague feeling they were related to his father’s family, the Gibsons.

The fascinating life of Polish airman Zbigniew Szajna-Stankowski

York Press: Zbigniew about to launch into a leap to save a determined header

2:59pm Monday 17th March 2014

WANDA Szajna-Hopgood has a wonderful photograph of her father Zbigniew about to launch into a leap to save a determined header from an attacking forward.

Photo memories

York Press: Do you recognise any of the players in this mystery team?

2:49pm Monday 17th March 2014

WE have a couple of miscellaneous photographs with which to finish off Yesterday Once More this week.

Rowntree postcards from a bygone era

York Press: Men unpacking (or packing?) crates in the Rowntree Elect cocoa works, early 1900s

2:46pm Monday 10th March 2014

WE have some wonderful old photographs and postcards on a Rowntree theme in Yesterday Once More this week. All were brought in by reader Anne Blincoe, who worked for the company for seven years in the 1950s.

Walking in Richard III’s footsteps

York Press: King Richard III

7:55am Thursday 6th March 2014

A SERIES of walks retracing Richard III’s steps around York is being organised this spring.

10 York ghost signs - can you place them?

York Press:

4:28pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

HAVE you ever noticed the 'ghost signs' scattered around York? These signs tell of long-lost advertisers or businesses that once occupied the city - but rarely draw more than a passing glance.

The changing face of our city

York Press: Looking towards Gillygate in the late 1950s.  The whole of this block was demolished soon after to allow for road widening.  The gate on the extreme left was to gain access to the side of a          farmhouse

2:10pm Monday 3rd March 2014

THERE is a treat for readers of Yesterday Once More today – a series of postcards of old York as you almost certainly won't have seen it before (or which, at best, you'll remember only from early childhood) courtesy of reader Ben Booth.

Pictures from Tang Hall County Primary School in the late 1950s and 1960s

York Press: Miss Chadwick and one of her classes at Tang Hall County Primary School

2:04pm Monday 3rd March 2014

Reader Pauline Marshall has supplied us with some photographs showing children of Tang Hall County Primary School in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Remarkable story of ten brothers who all signed up to serve in First World War

York Press: David Calpin: Youngest brother,  survived but died shortly after war; Right: Ernest Calpin: Ninth brother, survived, grandfather of Michael

8:25am Thursday 27th February 2014

ONE hundred years ago, as war broke out over Europe, the Lord Mayor of York wrote to a family in the city, thanking them for their patriotic service to the country.

The York church that became a brothel

York Press: The drill hall, officially opened on January 8, 1872, by the Lord Mayor of York, Alderman William Walker. In the early years it was the home of the York Rifle Volunteers, and later housed 'A' Company, 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Volunteers.

2:49pm Monday 24th February 2014

ST Andrewgate, which links King’s Square with Aldwark, has been a part of York’s network of ancient streets for a very long time.

Four more scenes to enjoy from York A-Z book

York Press: The George Inn in Coney Street during the races

2:22pm Monday 17th February 2014

We reviewed local historian Paul Chrystal’s new book, York A-Z, a week or so ago.

Tribute to Singapore veteran Maurice Crowther

York Press: Maurice Crowther with his medals

2:24pm Monday 17th February 2014

IT IS with sadness that Yesterday Once More reports the death of Maurice Crowther, a survivor of the Fall of Singapore and a former prisoner of war of the Japanese.

Forbidden diary tells of one man’s war

York Press: Douglas Hudson with the book he has written from his wartime diaries

2:15pm Monday 10th February 2014

This week Yesterday Once More looks at a remarkable diary which records the experiences of a York soldier during the Second World War.

Village fallen will never be forgotten

York Press: Mary Carbert of Askham Bryan with her copy of the York Herald from 1916 in which four members of her family appear

1:23pm Monday 3rd February 2014

ASKHAM Bryan Patriots ran the headline in the Yorkshire Herald of January 3, 1916. Below it, spread out across a broadsheet page, were photographs of 30 young men from the village who were all serving their King and Country in the Great War.

Group seeks names for war memorial

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1:10pm Monday 3rd February 2014

Haxby and Wigginton History Group is researching the names of men from both villages who served in the First World War.

Extraordinary account of life in the First World War

York Press: William Elmhirst who died at Serre during the Battle of the Somme

12:37pm Monday 27th January 2014

ON February 13, 1915, Second Lieutenant Christie Elmhirst of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment sat down to write to his sister and six brothers.

Memories of action on the front line

York Press: A British soldier keeps watch in No-Man’s Land, as his comrades catch some sleep

12:28pm Monday 20th January 2014

CHARLES Seymour was just 17 when he volunteered to join the Sherwood Foresters (the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) and go off to war.

Songs from the time

York Press: First World War sheet music

12:15pm Monday 20th January 2014

A COUPLE of weeks ago, we carried a piece about reader Chris Poole, and his extraordinary collection of First World War sheet music.

Memories of a wartime hero

York Press: Jim Exall, second right, middle row, with fellow prisoners

1:28pm Monday 13th January 2014

When Maureen Exall was growing up, she used to ask her dad Jim how he won his Military Cross.

Archive pictures capture heyday of doorstep milk deliveries

York Press: Members of the Thomson family in the 1980s

7:47am Thursday 9th January 2014

A NEW exhibition has been launched to reflect on the work of North and East Yorkshire’s milkmen in years gone by.

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Way we were

April 16

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12:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

100 years ago: REVEREND S Rhys Williams, vicar of Holy Trinity, Shrewsbury, had indulged in a broad-minded utterance at the Exeter vestry meeting. He expressed satisfaction at the success which had attended the parochial football club, and said football was a good antidote to the public house.

April 15

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12:03pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

100 years ago: SEVERAL of the vicars of London churches were protesting against the growing custom of bridesmaids at smart weddings not wearing hats or at least proper head coverings at weddings.

April 14

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9:30am Monday 14th April 2014

100 years ago: The indiscriminate use that was currently made of police whistles was condemned by the chief Constable of Sheffield.

April 12

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10:29am Saturday 12th April 2014

100 years ago: The number of people spending Easter on wheels was visibly considerably greater than ever before.

April 11

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12:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

100 years ago: “JE Bruce” wrote: “Without wishing to discuss the question of vivisection, may I suggest that all animal lovers should welcome the exemption of dogs, whose close association with humans and highly developed nervous system make them particularly susceptible to suffering through methods of research, of which anyone who read the evidence before the Royal Commission can judge.

April 10

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10:36am Thursday 10th April 2014

100 years ago: “Arnato” wrote: “A reader complained of a lack of outdoor games in York, these being exhausted along with cycling, swimming, and boating.

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