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Geoffrey Lofthouse, Baron Lofthouse of Pontefract, Kt JP, (18 December 1925 – 1 November 2012), popularly known in his former constituency as Geoff Lofthouse, was a British Labour politician and life peer.

Lofthouse is a village between the cities of Wakefield and Leeds in West Yorkshire, England .[1] The village falls within the Ardsley and Robin Hood ward of the City of Leeds Council. It is in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough but with a Wakefield postal address (WF3). It is mentioned as Locthuse also Loftose in the 1086 Domesday Book.

Despite the raft of sporting celebrities – including David Beckham, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Geoff Hurst – there was one figure who easily upstaged the lot of them.

On 7 April 1993, he appeared as a special guest on the TV guest show This Is Your Life, in which the on-screen guests included Tom Finney and Harry Gregg, while others including Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Ian Rush appeared on screen to pay tribute to Lofthouse as they were unable to appear alongside Lofthouse due to other commitments.[6]

But Murray, 29, shrugged off the suggestion, joking: “The bookies don’t always get it right. They made a few mistakes over the last few weeks across a number of different things.”

Nathaniel "Nat" Lofthouse, OBE (27 August 1925 – 15 January 2011) was an English professional footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. He was capped 33 times for the England national football team between 1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and giving himself one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level.

Lofthouse has a doctor's surgery, library, the local Church of England, Christ Church Lofthouse and The Rodillian Academy.

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She was recently filmed, aged 92, having another go at flying a Spitfire, describing the plane as “the nearest thing to having wings of your own” – though admitting she was “more aware” of her age this time around…

The Nidderdale Caves lie just north of the village. The River Nidd runs underground through the caves and emerges at Nidd Heads, just south of the village. The normally dry surface bed of the river passes the village to the west.

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Lofthouse is often erroneously believed to be the scene of the Lofthouse Colliery disaster, which took place in 1973. The disaster actually took place in a field near the village of Kirkhamgate, where a new coalface was being worked.

His autobiography, A Very Miner MP, is available from Yorkshire Art Circus Publishers.

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He was MP for Pontefract and Castleford from a 1978 by-election until his retirement at the 1997 general election. In the House of Commons, he served from 1992 until his retirement as a Deputy Speaker of the House to Betty Boothroyd. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 1995 Lofthouse was appointed a Knight Bachelor.[1] In the Queen's Birthday Honours 1997 Lofthouse was made a Life Peer as Baron Lofthouse of Pontefract, of Pontefract, in the county of West Yorkshire.[2][3]

Lofthouse is a small village in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England about a mile south of Middlesmoor. It is the principal settlement in the civil parish of Fountains Earth. Lofthouse has a primary school, memorial village hall and public house, The Crown Hotel. The post office in the village closed in August 2014, and was replaced by a new post office in the cafe at nearby How Stean Gorge.

Second World War Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse, 93, was cheered to the Centre Court rafters as she was introduced to the crowd and celebrities around her.

The pair, who joined up after spotting an advert in a flying magazine, were two of just 164 women who were allowed to fly with the ATA during the war.

On 25 May 1952, Lofthouse earned the title 'Lion of Vienna' after scoring his second goal in England's 3–2 victory over Austria.[3] In doing so he was elbowed in the face, tackled from behind, and finally brought down by the goalkeeper. Back from national team duty, he then scored six goals in a game for the Football League against the Irish League on 24 September 1952.

Between 1907 and 1929 Lofthouse had a railway station, the public passenger terminus of the Nidd Valley Light Railway. The station was named Lofthouse-in-Nidderdale to avoid confusion with Lofthouse and Outwood railway station, also in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Adding to her well-deserved ovation were World Cup winners Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks. Beckham also received a raucous round of applause as he was introduced to the crowd, along with sporting luminaries such as heptathlete Denise Lewis, cricketers James Anderson and Stuart Broad and former Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


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Mrs Lofthouse flew Spitfires and Hurricanes after joining the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1943 with her sister to do their bit for the war effort.

The toponym is from the Old Norse lopt hús, meaning "houses with lofts".[2]

On 26 November 1958, Lofthouse made his final England appearance, against Wales, at the age of 33, and he officially retired from the game in January 1960 because of an ankle injury, although his final league game was not until 17 December of that year, when he suffered a knee injury against Birmingham City. Lofthouse stands seventh in the list of English football's top division goalscorers.[4]

Tributes were paid to Lofthouse as he celebrated his 80th birthday, including a party at the Reebok.[7] A campaign, backed by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association and former Bolton player, was started, aiming to get Lofthouse knighted.[8] Nat Lofthouse was an Inaugural Inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.[9]

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Before play started under the roof, Britain’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith led James Ward, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dan Evans on a lap of honour around the court.

Murray raced into the Championships’ second week with a convincing straight sets win over John Millman, overcoming the Australian in two hours and 10 minutes. With defending champion Novak Djokovic slumping to a shock four-set defeat by American Sam Querrey, bookmakers have installed Murray as the favourite for the men’s singles title at SW19.

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Lofthouse was the recipient of various honours after retiring from the game. On 2 December 1989, he was made a Freeman of Bolton. On 1 January 1994, he was appointed an OBE and on 18 January 1997, Bolton decided to name their East Stand at their new Reebok Stadium after him. On 24 August 2013, a statue was dedicated.[5]