Newspaper archives have come home to Pocklington

Pocklingto Town Council Clerk Richard Wood with archives from the Pocklington Post and Pocklington Times.
Pocklingto Town Council Clerk Richard Wood with archives from the Pocklington Post and Pocklington Times.

Whether you’re looking for a wedding report or an obituary or a particular sporting event or a memorable news story, it’s all available in the archives of the Pocklington Post going back over the last 50 years.

Following an agreement between the newspaper’s editorial team and Pocklington Town Council, the archives are now stored at the council’s offices at the old courthouse in George Street.

And they are available to be viewed by members of the public on Friday mornings between 10am and noon.

“Although not every year is covered they do provide an interesting reflection on local people and events and are a compelling read,” said Pocklington town clerk Richard Wood.

He added: “Upon browsing through the archive books I found the article about the council purchasing Oak House back in 1998 and how it was scheduled to reopen as a cinema and Arts Centre in 2000 which of course it did.

“There is a photograph of Alex Petrie who was the Mayor at that time with his late wife Maureen outside the Oak House. What a success that decision has been for the town.”

The archives were formerly kept at the office of The Driffield Times and Post, however the new home was sought after the closure of that office at the end of last year. Copies of the Pocklington Post in the archives date back to 1966, when England won the World Cup and when Frank Sinatra was at number one with Strangers in the Night. And when The Sound of Music won an Oscar.