From our archives:

85 years ago

The Duke and Duchess of York arrived on the down Queen of Scots Pullman train, at Ripon Station, on their way to Studley Royal, where they were guests of Commander and Lady Doris Vyner.

The Duchess wearing a light summer dress in navy blue and white, with a white hat and pale beige coloured shoes and stockings, carried a grey fur and the Duke wore a light morning suit.

The visit was a private occasion and therefore they were unattended.

“What is a volume control?” That was the question asked at York Police Court during a case in which a labourer had been bound over for stealing five volume controls and two plugs and sockets.

“It is a technical thing and I cannot tell you what it really is,” said the Chief Constable of York.

50 years ago

Ten British tourists who had just arrived in Majorca for a holiday were killed when the coach taking them from Palma Airport to the hotel crashed head-on with a lorry.

Eight passengers on the coach were gravely injured and 17 less seriously hurt.

The passengers were all due to start an 11-day holiday and were only half-an-hour from the resort, said Mr A Morris, chairman of Skytours.

Grandmother Mrs Lily Curtis from Clifton had bagged herself £100 in the Evening Press Mark-the-ball competition.

“Nearly every week since the contest started, I have tried to work out the position of the ball scientifically. This time I picked at random,” said Mrs Curtis.

Hopes that the new traffic lights and widening of Butcher Corner had ended the holiday bottleneck menace at Malton were rudely shattered when the town suffered one of the worst-ever jams as cars headed to and from Scarborough.

20 years ago

Soaring temperatures had put city Wasp Buster units on alert as fears grew of an explosion of the insect population.

Wasp Busters made up of students and the unemployed carrying insecticide cans and sprays on their backs whilst wearing helmets, head to toe suits and long gloves and were in no risk of getting strung according to its owners Rentokil.

Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie was proving far from disastrous at the box office.

The Rowan Atkinson film, which opened in the UK, had taken over £2.5 million over three days.