1950 ... While out playing on a field near his home in Windmill Road, Ken Savage found a grenade. Not knowing what it was he took it home as he thought it would look good as the nose of his model aeroplane that he was building.
While scraping it out with a screwdriver, there was a loud explosion. Their Mum found both her children injured in the sitting room of their home. Ken died in hospital from his injuries, he was 12 years old. His little Sister aged 9 had to have an operation for her injuries.
It was common in the 1970s to have shared lines. If you were lucky you shared with one or two other people, others shared with quite a few.
I wonder what stories were heard by some people.
My Mother In Law shared a phone line and wanted to use the phone. After the second attempt she turned around and said "hurry up on the phone, you have been on over an hour. I'm waiting to use my phone"
Here are some comments from our Facebook page about shared lines.
Chris says " We had a blue one and yes we had a shared line. It was a right pain"
Ken says "My Sister had a shared line"
Angela says "We had a red one, Mum and Dad had a blue one. There was a shared line for awhile"
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.
In 1946 plans were looked at by the Leeds Corporation for the next phase of building the Belle Isle Estate. The plans listed over 700 semi detached houses and over 200 flats.
Also in the plans were 2 semi detached houses for a children's home, a detached house each for a Doctor and another for a Dentist, also 2 semi detached houses for Midwives.
The plan was to make Belle Isle a self contained Community, with a library, swimming baths and an open air pool. The plans also consisted of a cinema, 2 hotels, working men's club and 2 churches - one Congregational and the the other Roman Catholic.
The plan also had a Police Station, which was built at the the top of Belle Isle near Belle Isle Road and Middleton Park Road and would be run by an Inspector. The Police Station was eventually pulled down in the 1960s.
Some of the new roads to be named were ... Belle Isle Road, Middleton Park Road, Town Street, Lanshaw Crescent and Nesfield Road.
In July 1947, Mrs P. Holmes of Belle Isle Circus was one of 4 women along with 5 men, who were appointed as new Leeds Magistrates by the Lord Chancellor.
During 1942 a mobile clinic would park up somewhere on Belle Isle Circus. Mums would take their children to the clinic, and have them immunised against Diphtheria, they could do this free of charge. It was part of the City of Leeds Diphtheria Protection Programme.
In 1950 on his second attempt, a Belle Isle Grandad aged 65 years old was awarded the Merit Award from the Royal Life Saving Society.
This was another success for him, as the previous year he gained the Bronze medal.
He has been swimming for most of his life and decided that he wanted to do this as a reward.
Did you know, Belle Isle is the home of an MBE recipient.
Margaret Hayes was awarded the MBE for Services to the Community in 2003, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Margaret attended the ceremony at the Leeds Civic Hall with her Family, friends and members of the Community. The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mr. John Lyles presented Margaret with her award.
Before this she had spent a number of years working with disadvantaged people and trying to help them back into work.
Margaret was also a Board member of Belle Isle North Estate Ltd (which later became Belle Isle TMO) and after 15 years became it President.
Margaret sadly passed away in 2009.
The Children's Home in Belle Isle is once again open after been closed and empty for quite some time.
Did you know that in August 1953 a number of children from Lanshaw Crescent Home and two other children's homes in Leeds joined together and went on a day trip.
In total 156 children aged between 5 years old and 15 years old, along with Foster Mothers and the Carers from the Homes went in a convoy of 38 decorated taxis and had a well deserved day out at Bolton Abbey. What made it more fun was that the taxi drivers didn't just drop them off and go, they stayed and played games all day.
You can imagine the looks on their faces and for quiet a lot of them, it would have been their very first trip to the countryside.