MANY MEMORIES OF KNOTTINGLEY
ADDED 4 MAY 2007
I have many memories of Knottingley. I can remember the
Carnival being held in
a field at Marsh End and having your hand stamped so that you could go
back in to the field after tea to watch all sorts of events. I also
remember going across the river on a cobby boat onto the Marsh, and going
on a barge trip to Whitley Bridge; an enjoyable half day. My Dad, George
Vause, kept pigeons in Foundry Lane and won many prizes, racing under the
name of 'Vause Bros'. I enclose a photograph of him standing in front of
his pigeon loft. We used to go to the Lime Keel Inn to 'clock in' when the
first pigeon arrived home. I can remember fetching corn from a shop in
Aire Street and helping to look after the birds.
I attended Weeland Road School until I was eleven years old and later I
went to Ropewalk School. We had evening classes where I learned to dance
before going to the dances held in the Town Hall. I left school at 14
years of age and started work at Bagley's glassworks where I met and made
friends with many Knottingley people.
When we lived in Garden Lane we used to do floats for the carnival and
managed to win a prize or two. I still have photographs of some of them.
Times have altered since then.
I wonder if any readers recall standing on the Flatts for King George and
Queen Mary's Jubilee and getting a gift of a pencil and book (I still have
mine), and the King and Queen visiting Knottingley when we were given a
gift of a spoon?
Mrs F. Athorn (nee Vause)
4 May 2007