News from the 90s

News from the 90s

Published at 7:50pm 22nd September 2015. (Updated at 12:45pm 23rd September 2015)

As part of Stray FM's 'Back to the Old School' 90s week, we've been taking a look through the news archives.

Here are some highlights from Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale:


  • At the beginning of August, large areas of England and Wales sweltered in record-breaking temperatures. It reached 33.1C in Harrogate.
  • Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate joined forces with Oxfam to start its Trees for Life campaign. Company chairman Jonathan Wild had promised his children that he would find a way to plant one million trees.


  • Ilkley won the Entente Florale in the Britain in Bloom contest's in 'Town' category.


  • Council officials in Harrogate promised that roadworks on Wetherby Road and Skipton Road wouldn't disrupt the Great Yorkshire Show.
  • Rossett School in Harrogate looked set to get a new uniform after teachers and governors become fed up with pupils "bending the rules".
  • Organisers of Harrogate's annual Gift Fair pledged their continued commitment to the town for at least another three years.
  • A new hydrotherapy pool opened at Springwater School in Starbeck, after an appeal raised £28,000.
  • Up to 50 grandmas conquered their fear of heights, bikes and flights to perform daredevil stunts to raise £7,000 for Harrogate's Dial A Ride scheme.
  • Victoria Shopping Centre in Harrogate opened its doors in November.


  • Does anyone know what happened? The archive box is missing!


  • A fire at Rossett School in Harrogate gutted a classroom in the junior block and caused extensive smoke damage to others. Firefighters confirmed that it was started deliberately.
  • Killinghall businesses claimed that pipe-laying work was crippling their businesses and resulting in job losses.
  • Patients and visitors had to start paying to use the car park at Harrogate District Hospital.
  • Motorists started paying for on-street parking in Harrogate.
  • Stray FM started broadcasting.


  • Harrogate was hit by the worst snowfall in years.
  • The fire service faced major cuts, with thousands of people signing a petition to save Harrogate's third fire engine and part-time crew.
  • Work started on a new £320,000 community centre for the Jennyfield and Killinghall Moor area in Harrogate.
  • Harrogate Borough Council launched a bid for a £350,000 grant to pay for restoration work at the Sun Pavilion.
  • Harrogate taxi fares went up by 10p and council house tenants faced paying higher rent.
  • Wetherby's bus station was redeveloped.


  • The search for the 'Pateley Panther' continued. One woman told police that she'd seen a "sinister looking paw print" and another resident claimed to have spotted the 'beast' in Braisty Woods.
  • The Duchy Residents Association in Harrogate said it was "aghast" at the scale of plans to build over 100 flats and houses on the Royal Bath Hospital site.
  • A cull of pigeons around the One Arch in Harrogate was welcomed by residents.


  • Motorists in Harrogate were warned about ignoring tough new drink-driving messages.
  • Thieves ruined New Year for Harrogate's St John Ambulance brigade, after breaking into their Bilton headquarters and stealing irreplaceable trophies.
  • Sub-zero temperatures and several inches of snow hit Harrogate.
  • It was announced that Harrogate's Beulah Street taxi rank - unpopular with many traders - would be moved to Station Parade.
  • Wetherby Bulldogs rugby league team won the York and District Sunday League in the 1997/98 season and also won the White Rose Cup.


  • There was a campaign to bring back Harrogate's market and 2,000 people signed a petition.
  • Residents feared that changes in parking arrangements at Harrogate Grammar School could lead to tragedy.
  • Skipton's railway station underwent a complete renovation in preparation for the introduction of direct trains to London.
  • Bolton Abbey's railway station was reopened after being restored.


  • Sunday trading looked set to become a firm fixture in Harrogate, with Marks and Spencer, Boots and WH Smith all deciding to start trading seven days a week.
  • A proposed reshuffle of the Harrogate District's electoral boundaries attracted opposition from parish councils.
  • Police in Harrogate asked people to let them know if they were planning a Millennium celebration. Officers wanted to know as far in advance as possible.