THERE was much huffing and puffing from some quarters when it was announced that the award-winning national pub chain Wetherspoons had bought the almost derelict White Hart.
Well, not only has the old hostelry now been completely and tastefully restored but we should be thankful that the company took it upon themselves to showcase the premises as a mini-heritage centre as well.
Considering Todmorden’s colourful history and its countless scientific, musical, sporting and other personalities, Calderdale Council should be ashamed that this action was not undertaken by them years ago, on a much larger scale.
The former Abraham Ormerod Medical Centre could have been an ideal site instead of the sight it has become!
In complimenting Wetherspoons for a job well done, with more research they ought to have included the following Todmordians in their portrait galleries. Perhaps they will soon give this some serious thought.
The individuals are: Geoff Love, whose fabulous career in showbusiness is legendary and unsurpassed; Professor Grenville Turner, our town’s only Fellow of the Royal Society whose scientific achievements most certainly rank with those of K.C.s Cockcroft and Wilkinson; Ben Horsfall, Doctor of Music, FRMCM, BM, Halle Orchestra, etc; William (Billy) Holt, author, artist, war correspondent and BBC broadcaster who rode around Europe on his beloved steed Trigger and lived here in an Elizabethan mansion; and Derek Shackleton, an exceptional Todmorden cricketer who later excelled professionally as a medium-pace bowler for Hampshire and England.
Bill Birch, Todmorden.