ADDED 16 DECEMBER 2006
In the December 2005 issue of the Knottingley Digest, I was interested
in Roy Wards conversation with Graham Stokes about Wallfish (snails). This
reminded me of my granddad Neilson who worked at Bagley’s glassworks. He
had a heart problem and ate snails believing they contained some medicinal
About the year 1970 my dad asked my two older sisters to
collect some snails and take them to my grandparents home on Womersley
Road. He said to them, “If gran isn’t in, put them on the chair inside the
house and make sure to close the door after you”.
They collected two large bags full and obeyed dads orders. When gran
returned she nearly had a heart attack. The snails were crawling
everywhere; on the furniture, curtains, and even up the stairs into the
bedrooms. I don’t think gran was very pleased but she saw the funny side
of it all afterwards.
Please accept my very good wishes for the future and thank you for all
your good work.
16 December 2006