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Rock on Tommy

By David Walker, Barrowford I suppose every story has to begin somewhere and this one begins in the sales office of the Lincolnshire Specialist Sugars Company. I had been working there since I finished my national...
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...
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...

The Day My Life Changed

By Bernard Hargreaves“Goal” screamed the announcer on the radio and I threw my fist in the air in delight. Burnley had scored again to put them 2 – 0 up in their match with...
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,...
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....
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...

Soulmates on the Farm

By Gillie Threadgold, SkiptonMy father’s soulmate was large, very large, strong-bodied with a uge head, intelligent and  possessed of wise and gentle eyes. Although my father was six feet tall and very slim it...
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...

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...

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