TODAY we have the second part of our look at events in and around December 1985.
In the world arena, the Christmas period that year would see terror attacks on Rome and Vienna airports with US President Ronald Reagan blaming Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. Meanwhile, warring Lebanese Muslim and Christian leaders would sign a peace agreement.
In the UK, Whitney Houston had the Christmas No1 single with Saving All My Love For You, which was knocked from the top of the charts by Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone which took the top spot into the new year, staying there for two weeks from December 28.
Proving a hit in Huddersfield were Scissett Youth Band, which played carols and musical pieces from their competition successes of the past year in a concert at the village’s first school.
Pictured are band members, from left, Craig Williams, Ian Morley, David Laycock and James Nixon.
Mrs Pat France conducted and guests included Yorkshire South West MEP Tom Megahy and his wife and Kirklees deputy mayor and mayoress Clr Jack and Mrs Vilma Brooke.
The band’s successes in 1985 had included the president’s shield at the Horsforth Music Festival and an invitation to the National Festival of Music for Youth.