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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...
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...
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...
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....
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...

Fairies in Holden Park

Dear Karen, The fairy feature from your previous issue (Dec/Jan 14) was fascinating as I could call myself an Oakworth Fairy. My husband John Selly (formerly known as Jack) has been a professional artist...
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...
Helen Barnfield Ketchen

The Girl from the Vicarage

Helen Barnfield Ketchen, nee Edmondson, was the daughter of an inspirational Anglican vicar who served at Hawkshaw, near Bury, from 1918 to 1923, at St Marks, Miles Platting, from 1923-1929 and at St Clements,...

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...
Nazareth House Prestwich

The Ghost of First Nights

by Rona HarveyThings were different in 1974 and work was easy to come by; so I only had to knock on the door of Nazareth House in Prestwich, our local ‘old folks home’ and...

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