WE have had a great response to our new nostalgia pages so far.
Readers enjoy looking at the photographs other readers have sent in to us - and if yours hasn’t been used yet, don’t worry as we hope to have a steady flow of images from several different decades as time goes by, so please keep them coming!
We have also been getting feedback on some of the photographs, so here we are rounding up some of the responses from readers and, occasionally, the people who sent us the photographs initially. Occasionally, the responses can be poignant.
We have heard back from Keith Richards, who was searching for his old army pal, Todmordian Terry king.
Keith wrote to us: “I had a wonderful response from your readers, though the news was not what I was expecting. Sadly, Terry died some 26 years ago and his only child, Alisa, is said to be living in Sowerby Bridge.
“I want to thank Michael Wrench, Norman Thorpe, John Hill, Annie Butterworth, Malcolm and Myrna Beet and especially Brian Hoyle.
“He said that he and Terry went through school together, and joined the army on the same day at the recruiting office in Bradford. They both enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps as drivers because Terry said ‘I don’t want to be a foot-sloggging infantryman, let’s ride everywhere.’
“All the above said he was an unforgettable character and was a keen member of the Legion club in Todmorden, and enjoyed an annual trip to the Rugby League Cup Final at Wembley.”
Myrna was also able to help with the picture of the Waddington’s staff which was in last week’s edition - her dad Tommy Riley is on the extreme right of the back row, and she says he loved working there. Another reader rang in without leaving his name but was also able to put some names to faces. Arnold White is on the extreme left of the back row, next to him is Jack Greenwood and next to him is Arnold Lingard. Second from the right on the back row is Alan Crossley and on the extreme right of the centre row was Agnes Thorpe. On the extreme left of the front row is Harry Mitchell, while Mr Brown’s first name was Arthur.
Reader Mr or Mrs Holden emailed in with some extra details from not one but two of the photographs included in last week’s edition - and they were taken 50 years apart!
On the 1939 picture of Burnley Road Council School, grandmother Bessy Bates (nee Davies) is pictured on row two, third from the left, while on the Todmorden Swimming Club photo from 1989 - second from the right on the back row is her grand-daughter Emma Roberts (nee Lacy).
Clare Barnes emailed us regarding the photograph of the 1931-32 Springside FC, Todmorden, which we ran several weeks ago and had been sent in by Trevor Driver, included her “poppa” - her grandad - Harry Shackleton, who is in the centre of the back row and was the team’s goalkeeper.
Still on football team photographs, Mr John Taylor contacted us to put a full name to one of the players on the Todmorden Grammar School 1951-52 season team picture - the Oliver pictured on the second row, second from the right, was Oliver Speight.
Ken Hollingworth called us with a bit more information on the picture special of photographs taken 30 years ago by Scarborough photographer David Arnison, who was living in Huddersfield those days and exploring West Yorkshire thanks to a series of 30p bus rides.
David believed all the pictures run in last week’s edition were taken in Hebden Bridge but Ken thinks one of them - that of the woman with a yard brush in her hand - was taken in Todmorden.
Ken said the lady is Dorothy Pollard, who he knew as Doreen, and he used to garden for her. She lived on Hallroyd Crescent, Todmorden, he said, and believes she died a couple of years ago. Ken thought she had one son and she used to work as a weaver at Cockcroft’s in Todmorden.
We also need to correct one caption. The 1951-52 Roomfield FC photograph correctly captioned Kenneth Cowie in the team picture but in the note referred to his brother Trevor as dad of rugby league star Neil Cowie. Neil’s dad is Ken - our thanks to Chris Inman for pointing out the discrepancy.
We hope that gives readers more to go on with a selection of the pictures - and many thanks to everyone who has been able to shed a little more light on them.