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Bin Day by E. Anthony Orme

Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be

Generations of humanity lose sight of what was important to previous generations By E. Anthony OrmeI was born in 1945 just after the war ended, in West Gorton, a suburb of Manchester.During a period of...
Veronica Thornton. Photo by Mark Davis

Mark Davis chats with Northern Life reader Veronica Farnell about growing up in Bradford...

Mark Davis chats with 84-year-old Veronica Farnell about growing up in Bradford during the Second World War, and how her dad, Fred Pittaway, coped with bringing up four daughters after his wife Kathleen died...
Postman

The perils of being a postman

After my first four idyllic years working in Earby as a village postman, all we four foot-sloggers were transferred to the bigger Crown Office in the neighbouring town of Barnoldswick.For the first year or...
Betty Vear

Syncopating Scoop

Almost sixty years ago a young St John’s Ambulance nurse was on duty in the Keighley Hippodrome, watching Syncopating Sandy beat the world record for non-stop piano playing.It was May 1956 when Betty Collins...
dark satanic mills

A Century of Smog

The poem ‘And did those feet in ancient time’- now universally known as ‘Jerusalem’ and used as an improvised national anthem of England at many sporting events - contains one stark line that evokes...
Elsie and Joseph Claughton

The 1941 Diary of a Haworth Housewife

by Ian DewhirstBig surprise for everybody,” Mrs. Elsie Claughton wrote at Whitsuntide in 1941,” clothes are to be rationed... Everybody is talking about clothes rationing.” When she went to Skipton to buy herself some...

Welcome to Bradford

I had been a Northern Life reader for quite a while, as Karen the Editor is a very good friend of mine. So, when I was asked to write an article about my experiences...
Roy Hardacre

My war in the RAF | Roy Hardacre

By Roy Hardacre (AC/2, 972671), Fence On September 3rd 1939, war was declared between Great Britain and Germany. In late October, early November, the RAF announced that volunteers of good standard would be allowed to...
Jayne Pickard Bullying

Pain of the Bullies’ Victims

By Jayne PickardSomeone on Facebook has just called me a bully, just for having an opinion. Now, anyone who knows me knows that that is something I would never be, nor could ever be....
Church Processions

Church Processions

By Mary J O'Rourke, Clayton-le-MoorsMany years ago most towns and villages had religious processions of witness, and what spectacular events they were, thousands of people lined the streets to watch them.The day was usually...

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