IT’S a question as old as the hills - what do we do after work? - and a new book aims to answer the question for part of the upper Calder Valley at least.
In A League Of Their own: Cricket and Leisure in 20th Century Todmorden is Malcolm, Freda and Brian Heywood’s long awaited follow-up to 2004’s Cloth Caps And Crazy Cricket.
Although the authors had set out to write a book purely about Todmorden Cricket Club, it also shone light on many other pursuits its 19th century citizens followed.
With the focus now on the 20th century and the new Millennium, the new book is set against a background of social and economic change, said Malcolm.
Produced with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, it will be launched at Todmorden Cricket Club, Burnley Road, Todmorden, (4pm for 4.30pm) next Friday, March 4.
From a moving piece about the death of a player in the first world war trenches to the present day local leisure scene, it takes in virtually everything from the traditional game of knurr and spell to the local rifle club via the development of music and drama and many anecdotes including Todmorden CC stalwart Leslie Forrester’s unlikely meeting with Dame Edith Evans and a contretemps between Todmorden wicketkeeper Tommy Carrick and West Indian legend Roy Gilchrist.
Published by Amadaeus Press, it will be available at local bookshops and Todmorden Tourist Information Centre at £10 (hardback) and £5 (paperback) afer the launch.