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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...
A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember

Patrick was born on the 11th June 1938 to Fred and Margaret Garaghty in the St. Mary’s Hospital Battersea London, a street away from the Battersea dogs home Clapham. They had moved from Colne...
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...
Dad

90 is the new 19

Organising a surprise 90th birthday celebration is not the easiest thing. You can’t exactly get everyone drunk and annoy the neighbours with your loud music and loose morals. So we do the next best...
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,...
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...

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...

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...

Auld Annie

By Gillie Threadgold, Skipton I dreamed of Auld Annie last night; I don’t know what brought her to mind after so many years, maybe something I’d read or heard, or maybe the fact that she...

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