HOW GREEN WE WERE IN YOUNGER DAYS
ADDED 15 APRIL 2007
On page 23 of the April 2007 issue, you published a photograph of the
Foundry Lane Club. I only recognise two of the men featured which I
suppose is a start. Standing on the extreme right is Les Horton and next
to him is Bill Brown. Terry Spencer’s article on Knottla nicknames brought
back some memories for me (Thanks Dr. Terry Spencer!) I remember ‘Legger’
(Sydney) Sweeting when I was 14 years of age. I worked in Aire Street Post
Office for the Misses R & I Hepworth. Legger delivered the milk around
8.30 each morning and I had to be there to see to him. I must admit that
at first I was a little scared of him.
‘Dody’ Braim I knew too of course, as I also lived up Womersley Road.
Buller Wild also used to frequent this area and go into the quarries where
there were two hills, one of which had a cave at the back of it where I
understand Buller used to go.
Like many youngsters in those days I was also threatened with, and scared
of, Bob Bunks. ‘Proddy’ France, also mentioned in Terry’s article, taught
me music at Ropewalk School. As for Nagger Addy, I thought that was his
correct name. I would often go and help roll up those straps after a
funeral. Likewise, I also thought Codge was Mr. Lightfoot’s real name as
Uncle Alf always referred to him as such.
Oh! how green we were in younger days. Thanks once again for stirring up
15 April 2007