Tadcaster. 13th September 1972 Mr. Max Faircliffe is photographed with his surprise retirement present. Mr. Faircliffe, aged 65, asked for a donkey as a gift when he retired after being brewery foreman at John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery, but when he arrived for the presentation he saw double. Making the presentation, Mr. F. A. Riely-Smith, director, explained: "There was some money left over from Max's pals' contributions so we decided to add to it and give him another donkey as a companion for the first one." Mr. Faircliffe, who is chairman of Tadcaster Rural Council, already keeps bantams, tropical fish, pigeons and a dog at his home, Stutton Lodge.

RETRO: Eight pictures from Harrogate and Ripon in 1972

All the pictures featured in this week’s Retro page were taken in 1972.

By Gemma Jimmison
Thursday, 27th January 2022, 10:26 am

All the pictures featured in this week’s Retro page were taken in 1972.

We’ve stepped back in time to the year when Edward Heath was Prime Minister, The Godfather was released - and Ripon Cathedral celebrate its 1,300th anniversary.

It was also the year Max Faircliffe retired - he had asked for a donkey as a gift, but when he arrived for the presentation he saw double. F. A. Riely-Smith, director, said at the time: “There was some money left over from Max’s pals’ contributions so we decided to add to it and give him another donkey as a companion for the first one.”

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