Our lives of leisure

At the launch of In A League of Their Own at Todmmorden Cricket Club are the Mayor of Todmorden Coun Maragreta Holmstedt, Mayoress of Todmorden Coun Dorothy Jordan, Malcolm Heywood, Brian Heywood and Freda Heywood
At the launch of In A League of Their Own at Todmmorden Cricket Club are the Mayor of Todmorden Coun Maragreta Holmstedt, Mayoress of Todmorden Coun Dorothy Jordan, Malcolm Heywood, Brian Heywood and Freda Heywood

TOWNSPEOPLE packed the launch of a new book which focuses on a century of the town’s sporting and leisure life.

Led by the Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Coun Margareta Holmstedt and Coun Dorothy Jordan, they enjoyed displays placed around the walls of a packed Todmorden Cricket Club at the event, organised by authors Malcolm, Freda and Brian Heywood.

Their new book, In A League Of Their Own, is the long-awaited follow-up to Cloth Caps And Crazy Cricket, which detailed the town’s sporting and leisure life as it developed through the 19th century.

It brings the story up to date, detailing how people in the town have spent their leisure time through the 20th and into the 21st centuries, including many of those attending, said Malcolm.

The earlier volume began life as a history of Todmorden Cricket Club but grew to encompass so much more as it was set against the backdrop of the town’s leisure life as a whole.

And so the new book, while also giving a pretty comprehensive history of the club, again reaches out to look at all aspects of Todmorden life - and how they have changed over the years, explained Malcolm.

The Mayor received a copy of the book on behalf of the town and said it contained a wealth of information about how Todmorden had grown.

“A lot of research has gone into it and it looks a fantastic book. I give thanks on behalf of Todmorden for this wonderful work,” she said.

She explained how proposals to develop use of Todmorden Town Hall included providing somewhere townspeople could access serious heritage work like this.

Malcolm said the story of the Todmorden Cricket Club in particular and leisure generally was set against the social and economic background of the time.

For much of it the mill, Co-op and chapel were at the back of it but it also chronicles the changing times and has interesting comparisons with how modern teenagers spend their leisure time and how and their grandparents’ generation spent it at the same age.

He said the Heritage Lottery Fund had enabled the sumptuous 392-page fully illustrated work, published by Upper Calder Valley Publications, to be completed.

“Everyone will find something to enjoy,” he said.

In A League Of Their Own is priced at £10 hardback and £5 paperback, and can be bought at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre and Border Books in Halifax Road.

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