From our archives:

85 years ago

A ceremony took place at York Minster for the unveiling of the Fairfax Window, the last to be preserved in a scheme which had taken the best part of 12 years to complete.

The Chapter House window had been created in honour of Thomas, Lord Fairfax and the part he played during the Civil War when York was faithful to Charles I and many of the country families were on the side of Parliament.

While Gandhi’s threat to starve to death unless the British Government altered their Indian Communal Award was being published to the world, the Mahatma was sitting in the dentist’s chair having a new set of teeth fitted.

According to Reuter the dentist had to visit many times as Gandhi was a very difficult case, several sets of dentures fitted had always been discarded.

50 years ago

Several hundred million tons of good quality coal had been found between York and Selby.

However according to the National Coal Board there was no question at the moment of developing new collieries.

The coal, found by boring near Kelfield Ridge, was between 2,000 and 2,500 ft deep, no deeper than many collieries on the eastern side of the Yorkshire coalfield.

The rail guards’ dispute had spread to Liverpool.

Goods guards at Edge Hill, Aintree depots and passenger guards at Exchange station all planned to join in at 2pm.

This was the fourth day of the ban on “second man” duties by guards and the Minister of Labour.

Mr Ray Gunter had asked to be kept up to date on any developments.

There were still strawberries for tea in Selby although the season had ended, some weeks ago, Riccall Nurseries had however acquired a consignment from a grower at Wistow.

Mr A Petty, owner of the shop said: “I think they are a new variety.”

20 years ago

Sweet success was just around the corner for York City’s Jelly Babies.

The Trebor Bassett-made munchies were becoming common necessity in the dressing room and the Minstermen were not the only soccer team to use the Jelly Babies as a high energy pre-match snack, for Premiership giants Newcastle United were also on the case.

Trading standards officers had called for a ban on solvent sales to under-16s after two tragic deaths in York alone where glue or solvent-based chemicals had claimed the lives of local youngsters.