29 pictures of life in Pontefract and Castleford in the 1960s and 70s as you've never seen it before

If you lived in Pontefract and Castleford in the 1960s and 70s, you've probably got plenty of your own memories of the Five Towns.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 4:40 pm
If you lived in Pontefract and Castleford in the 1960s and 70s, you've probably got plenty of your own memories of the Five Towns.
If you lived in Pontefract and Castleford in the 1960s and 70s, you've probably got plenty of your own memories of the Five Towns.

But how many of these faces and sights do you remember? These 29 photos offer a glimpse at Pontefract and Castleford in the 1960s and 70s as you've likely never seen it before...

In August 1978, pitman Jack Town showed off his incredible collection of mini curious. Jack, then 35, was a shaftsman at Sharlston Colliery, and kept his collection at his home in Allerton Bywater.
The Ancient Borough Arms in Pontefract, pictured in 1964.

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Thousands of people gathered to give Castleford a hero's welcome as the team returned victorious from the 1969 Challenge Cup Final.
And in July 1960, press photographers were invited to the opening of the new, modern housing estate at Ferry Fryston.
This picture was taken from the tenth storey of Luke Williams House, a block of flats in Horsefair, Pontefract, in 1967. Ferrybridge Power Station can be seen in the distance.
Demolition men move in to knock down houses in Castleford Road, Normanton, to make way for the construction of the M62. January 13, 1973.
The old premises of the Roundhill Working Men's Recreation Club in Castleford, pictured on November 18, 1968.
The flats at Horsefair, Pontefract, as seen in 1963.
Wheldale Working Men's Club is pictured on March 14, 1972.
Crowds gather to play bingo in Castleford on September 17, 1973
In December 1967, the Express wrote: "Chris Leak, on the left is pictured by Berriff as he splashes along the flooded Castleford-Hook Moor Road at Allerton Bywater in an attempt to keep the traffic moving. Shortly afterwards the road became impassable."
It may be a landmark building now, but do you remember the town before Castleford Civic Centre? This picture, taken on March 29, 1969, offers a glimpse at the building process.
The tapes go up and crowds cheer as racing gets underway at Castleford's speedway for the second time on July 11, 1979.
Do you remember when the streets of Castleford were flooded with foam in April 1974? It is believed the unusual formations were the result of excess levels of detergent in the River Aire.
When are your earliest memories of Pontefract's Buttercross? It is pictured here in 1969.
Pedestrians cross the level crossing on Albion Street, Castleford, in December 1967.
The first pelican crossing opens on Pontefract Road, Castleford, on July 4, 1978, close to Park Middle School and Castleford High School Lower School
Mr Hood stops traffic to allow pupils to cross the road with their bikes in Castleford on September 27, 1972.
Do you remember Blakely & Co on Pontefract's Marketplace? The street is pictured in 1968.
You might have seen the controlled demolition of some of the cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station a few years ago. But in November 1965, one of the station's towers collapsed in a far less controlled manner, following strong gales.
Glasshoughton Colliery is seen on April 27, 1964.
A soggy day in Castleford on February 17, 1975, looking from the Ship Inn along Bridge Street towards the railway bridge.
Allinson Mill, now home to the Queen's Mill tea rooms, on the River Aire, Castleford seen on February 9, 1978.
Do you remember Castleford Town Hall? The building is pictured in March 1972.
Do you remember the spectacular view from the flats at Horsefair in 1963?
And in 1968, workmen erect a temporary footbridge over the railway in Oxford Street ahead of reconstruction work to the road bridge.
Spring sunlight casts long shadows through the Town Hall archway in this scene at Pontefract.
Mr. George William Harper working the new road vacuum cleaner in the centre of Castleford, August 9, 1972.
Terraced houses in Tanshelf, Pontefract, are demolished in 1967.