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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 memories.

Kath Spence
15 April 2007


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