1939 ... Free air raid shelters have been delivered to homes on the Belle Isle Estate. But many of the householders are unhappy and quite a few have said that they cannot dig the ground or erect the shelters as they cannot manage to do it.
According to the Leeds Corporation it is the responsibility of the householder to dig the ground and erect the shelter.
One householder of Belle Isle Road say "I can't dig the ground and my Daughter can't dig the ground. Unless the corporation do it for us, it will have to stay where it is".
Another resident said he can't do any digging because he only has one leg and his Wife isn't going to try. "She has plenty to do in the house and is not physically able to dig such a large hole"
But one resident on Windmill Road said her two Sons will be digging her garden and building the shelter.
Leeds took the delivery of 1200 shelters with another delivery expected the following week.
Each shelter weighs 8cw and the railway companies are trying to get every lorry they can to deliver the shelters so they can get all the shelters out to everyone's homes.