From our archives:

80 years ago

After discussing the possibilities of nearly 20 suggested sites, members of York Education Committee had now decided on a final recommendation to put forward to the City Council on a possible location for the city’s new Technical Institute. According to reporters at the “Yorkshire Herald” the site was some six acres of land off Poppleton Road known as the Glutch Estate. The question of centralisation in the National Health Insurance section was also up for discussion this time by the Grand United Order of Oddfellows who considered the National Health scheme to be in a bad way. Under the new proposed centralised scheme, the plan was to guarantee every member a full range of benefits, which include maternity benefit, sickness benefit and an extra 10s. The resolution was however defeated by 97 votes to 30. And in Huntington, the local Methodist Sunday School, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a tea and supper served in the Memorial Hall.

50 years ago

For the second year running nurses in York hospitals had received travelling awards to visit other hospitals in Britain and overseas. The awards, presented by the York ‘A’ Hospital Management Committee, were instituted the previous year to replace the annual prize giving ceremony in the city’s hospitals. Hordes of children in the Abbot’s Road area of Selby could not wait until the end of this week for the completion of the £4,000 playground in Barwic Parade. Even as workmen were erecting the various play things, children of all ages were anxious to try them out, forming queues for the swings, shute and climbing frame. And the BBC’s Radio Leeds, due to go on air on June 24, had been picked up loud and clear in York.

20 years ago

Scarborough was to play the leading role in a new television film starring Men Behaving Badly duo Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey. The film directed by Clunes was a comedy recreating the heady days of the New Romantic era, when geometric hairstyles, frilly shirts and suede Tukka boots were de rigueur. And the United Kingdom’s first bi-colour coin, the new £2 with its white centre and yellow outer ring, had now been introduced into general circulation.