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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


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