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8:16am Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Way we were
100 years ago
The King and Queen continued their tour in the West Riding of Yorkshire, and proceeded by train from Wentworth Woodhouse to Halifax, where they went to two of the most famous carpet-making works in the world. The Royal visitors were given an enthusiastic welcome at Halifax.
The streets were prettily decorated, and thousands of the populace lined the thoroughfares and cheered enthusiastically as the King and Queen passed through the town.
Upon leaving the carpet works their Majesties motored to Manor Heath House, and took luncheon with Sir Savile Crossley.
The narrow thoroughfares of Halifax, through which the procession passed, were packed chiefly with mill girls wearing shawls and men in caps. They cheered with much lustiness as the Royal equipage went by.
Their Majesties then proceeded through crowded roads to Huddersfield, where they were the recipients of an enthusiastic demonstration.
50 years ago
Scotland Yard had flashed an alert to sea and airports throughout Britain to prevent the smuggling out of the country of art treasures worth £400,000, stolen by a gang during the night from the O’Hana Gallery, in Carlos Place, Mayfair, the West End dealers specialising in modern works of art.
A reward of £20,000 had been offered for recovery of the paintings. The summer exhibition was being held at the O’Hana Gallery, and included in the haul were ten paintings by Renoir and works by Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, and Bonnard.
The raiders had crept across rooftops during the night, and were believed to have entered the Gallery by a small window at the rear after climbing over a wall and up the fire escape.
25 years ago
A bishop was appealing to Church of England leaders in York to drop the modern version of the Lord's Prayer because no one knew it.
Schools, the Roman Catholic church, and many free churches still retained the old-style prayer, and the Church of England was in danger of making itself a “sectarian body” by keeping the new form, said the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Rev John Bickersteth.
He was telling members of the General Synod at York University that the modern Lord’s Prayer, contained in the Alternative Service Book, was also alienating people who were not churchgoers, and who only knew the original version.
The bishop claimed 17 years of trying to introduce the modern prayer had failed to win acceptance outside the Church.
“It has not caught on in schools or, ecumenically, with the Roman Catholic church and most free churches still retaining the old Lord’s Prayer,” said the bishop. “Very importantly, the Lord’s Prayer also belongs to people outside the church,” he added.