A delve into the archives

“What The Papers Say” was the theme of Todmorden Antiquarians’ talk last week, presented by Malcolm Heywood.

Members heard an eclectic mix of happy, sad, and interesting tales discovered by Malcolm while researching his local history books.

Leisure topics covered included cycling, leagues and competitions, billiards and shooting - Lord Roberts wanted to encourage shooting as a national pursuit after the hopeless marksmanship displayed in the Boer War.

During WWI local firms encouraged their employees to sign up. Malcolm read poignant excerpts from the personal reminiscences of Todmordians who had been close to death in battles. Malcolm also had recordings from Terry Halstead and Bob Duffield of their WWII services and their harrowing memories as prisoners of war in Japan.

He concluded by paying tribute to the talented musical traditions in Todmorden.

The next meeting of the society will be at 7.15 pm in Todmorden Town Hall Court Room on Tuesday, March 8, when Chris Helme will present “There’s More to Firth’s Than Carpet”.