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The week that was 1980.

Byline: John Avison ,

"farmer" Jim Callaghan, leader of the Labour opposition against Margaret Thatcher, was warning his Labour colleagues not to become too fascinated with bright ideas.

He told supporters that if Tory policies, combined with the effects of new technology, continued to wipe out jobs, Labour could inherit problems greater than those experienced in 1945.

He said Mrs Thatcher's ideas were deepening social divisions throughout the UK.

He right was he? Well, locally, 10,000 people in Kirklees were registered unemployed.

This didn't stop the local authority linking with the Countryside Commission in a bid to plant more trees by giving grants to people who set aside plots for new woodland.

The only provisos were that the land should be accessible to the public, and that it should be visible from public roads.

Taylor and Littlewood textiles of Newsome Mills confirmed it would have to part with 60 of its 145-strong workforce from July, brought about by its decision to close its spinning plant.

And the reason for closure? Cheap imports, upon which Mrs T refused to place restrictions.

At cricket, the West Indies were running rings round England. The bowling of Bob Willis and Mike Hendrick was being clogged all over the field, and only Ian Botham's two wickets in four balls allowed for brief respite.

A large area of Huddersfield town centre was evacuated after a massive gas leak. Workers on the railway bridge that crosses under Westgate managed to fracture a 12in pipe.

All traffic, including buses, was stopped, and shops, a pub and cafe were emptied.

More industrial trouble: shop stewards at Hopkinson's of Birkby were urging their 1,400 members to reject their management's peace package to end a 14-week stoppage.

The package included better pay, pensions and conditions - but the workers were still not quite satisfied. Later that week they accepted the package in principle but voted to stay out until the negotiations were complete.

Slaithwaite Adventure Club axed its forthcoming summer playscheme through lack of cash and parental support.

A plan to make pounds 1.25m cuts to Kirklees' education budget were stopped - meaning that rates were set to rise again to cover education needs.

Ratepayers had only just got used to having their rates go up by 25% in April. To make it worse, the Passenger Transport Executive was asking West Yorkshire councils to cover their pounds 4m losses accrued from running the school bus service.

The Citroen Visa Club and the Daihatsu Charade XTE came on the market and, according to the Examiner's motoring correspondent Roger Stansfield, they were not much cop. Their prices? pounds 3,112 and pounds 3,359 respectively.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2006
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