A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART
ADDED 20 JULY 2006
cousin in Knottingley arranged a subscription to the Digest as part of my
Christmas present and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
was born in Knottingley in 1924 and lived there for a number of years. I
was married in St. Botolph’s and my two sons were born in Knottingley
but my husbands work took us to Sheffield a few years later. Widowhood
brought me to Hunmanby, Filey, to live near my youngest son and his
wonder if any of your readers recall purchasing tickets at school many
years ago, to buy one square yard of the playing fields when it was
converted for children’s use? I kept my ticket for years and only
destroyed it a couple of years ago so I can no longer claim my land in
remember waving my flag with classmates on the Anvil Bridge when King
George VI and Queen Elizabeth came to visit Bagley’s glassworks and also
the celebrations in the Town Hall on V.J. night in 1945.
magazine brings back many happy memories and I thank you for reviving
them. I look forward to receiving future issues as Knottingley will always
hold a special place in my heart.
have enclosed a copy of a newspaper article of an incident in my life
which hit the headlines in Knottingley at the time.
KNOTTINGLEY SCHOOLGIRL ELOCUTIONIST
FINALIST FOR FILM TEST
Bains, (13), until recently a scholar at the Knottingley National School,
and now attending the Ropewalk Council Senior School, is a very proud
young lady, and her teachers and schoolmates are equally proud of her.
With four other schoolgirls in Yorkshire, she has been selected for a
London film test.
girl with gumption" was sought by Mrs. J.R. Gregson, the wife of the
well-known Yorkshire playwright, to play a part in the screen adaptation
of Winifred Holtby’s novel, "South Riding."
the kindly offices of her teacher, Miss Godley, Audrey was taken to
Huddersfield for an audition, and was placed in the final test.
gained prominence at the Pontefract and District Music Festival in March,
when she played the part of Maggie Tulliver in an extract from "The
Mill on the Floss," and was very highly commended by the adjudicator.
She also won the first prize in the class for elocution. She is the only
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bains, of "Bonville", Womersley
Road. Mr. Bains is the foreman in the moulding department of Messrs
Armitage Bros., iron-founders, of Knottingley.
did not get the part of Lydia Holly in South Riding, but was an extra in
school scenes and spoke two sentences. The stars were Sir Ralph
Richardson, Anne Todd, Edna Best and Glynis Johns.
the studios in London I met Sir Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Anna
Neagle and many other stars.
Riding’ came to the Crescent Cinema in Pontefract.
Audrey Smith (nee Bains)