POLICE were on the lookout for two masked men who attacked the manager of the Co-operative store in Thurstonland and got away with about £170 in cash.

The attack took place just after the manager, Mr Edward Pattern, who lives in the village, had locked the doors to cash up. The raiders threw peppar in his face and then knocked him senseless before carrying off two days’ takings and Post Office money, largely consisting of pension cash. Thirty-two-year-old Mr Pattern, married, of Low Fold, told an Examiner reporter: “I heard a rattle on the sneck and thought it was a late customer. We often have people coming down about that time. I went to the door and opened it. As I did I so it was pushed in on me and I saw two men standing there. They had nylon stockings over their heads and one of them threw peppar in my face before knocking me out. It was over in seconds and I never really knew what hit me. When he recovered about 20 minutes later Mr Pattern found that the telephone was disconnected and he had to run up to the village before he could call for the police. He was dazed but not seriously injured. The stock which included hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes was not touched. The store was the Thurstonland branch of the Brockholes Industrial Co-operative Society.

By 1970 water supply in Huddersfield could be critical and by 1973 there would be a serious deficiency even in a year of normal rainfall, it was forecast. Mr W W Jollans, Huddersfield Waterworks engineer and manager, warned in his report of the urgent need for a new reservoir. The town council accepted the report which stated that “in the simplest terms Huddersfield requires more water,” according to Mr Jollans. The trend for increasing water consumption is inexorable, both nationally and locally and on present fact and most rational consumption it seems folly not to plan immediately to increase Huddersfield undertakings reliable daily yield by 2m gallons to meet the forseeable 15-year demand. During the past 12 months the average daily weather consumption from Huddersfield reservoirs (including the Holmfirth reservoirs) was 10.32m gallons. The reliable daily yield was 10.63m gallons. “The narrow 3% margin indicated a low safety factor even without the virtual certainty of increasing consumption,” added Mr Jollans. The quantity of water in store in Huddersfield reservoirs was 1,797.4m gallons – the equivalent of 130.5 days’ supply.

Boy, a pedigree labrador retriever, which was caught in a gin trap for five days before gnawing himself out would be able to walk again, the Examiner reported. But it would be three months before he could go hunting again with his owner Mr Clifford Hardy, of Castle Hill Side, Almondbury. The news of his recovery came from breeder Mrs A Cliffe, of 14 Kings Mill Lane, Huddersfield, after Boy limped to the home of Mr Billy Lee, of Almondbury, two weeks before. Mr Lee and his neighbours were furious when they saw how Boy had eaten away part of his paw to free himself from the trap – the setting of which was forbidden by law. Boy was taken to a veterinary surgeon by Mr Lee who was doubtful that he would recover. But the skill of the vet and the care of Mrs Cliffe led him on the road to recovery.

After playing church organs for more than 53 years, 67-year-old Mr Raymond McVie, of Foursome, 82, Bourne Road, Netherton, announced his retirement. Some 28 of those years were spent as organist and choirmaster at St James’ Presbyterian Church, Huddersfield. Before that Mr McVie was organist at St Paul’s Wesleyan Church Moldgreen, for 16 years and at Moldgreen Methodist Church for nine years. Mr McVie who was secretary/director at Hopkinson’s Ltd valve manufacturers, of Birkby, had played at churches throughout the country.

By the narrowest of margins (27 votes to 26) Huddersfield Town Council upheld an education committee recommendation to spend £32,000 on adapting an old school building into a youth club with the addition of a sports hall for Deighton Civic Youth Club. The work and its cost (excluding furniture and fittings) was to be submitted to the Minister of Education for inclusion in the 1964-65 building programme. Clr D Graham wanted the issue referred back in favour of introducing a complete programme of proposals for a youth service for the whole of the borough, but he was outvoted.