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CONCLUSIONS OF KNOTTINGLEY


MAURICE HAIGH

20th century Knottingley versus 21st century Knottingley

I suppose living today in our current 21st century, the present generation of young people have not had the experience of life and joy within the confines of a caring and close living community. Growing up only with the knowledge of shopping at River Island, Top Shop, giant Shopping Malls and all this type of shopping magic, they have not experienced or had the pleasure of a personal shopping service as offered in my early years by Family Held Traders, who tendered a friendly atmosphere along with their goods.

Such a community was Knottingley, my birthplace in 1935.  Aire Street to 'Knottla' folk was the central plank of the Village/ Town, being the main shopping area. The majority of the shops on the street traded as Family Trading Establishments, (very few of these today). Generally life moved at a lighter pace compared to the 21st century frenzy of the supermarket and shopping mall style of today. Youth clubs, cycling clubs and boys brigade organisations, would all certainly be classed by the young of today as 'sissy' pastimes.

But it was the innocence of these activities which gave so much pleasure to teenagers of the day and helped to shape their character, which today with a small minority of current young is sadly in short supply. Muggings, violence, doorstep fraud on the elderly... no action seems to be unacceptable, but all is not lost. One still hears of our younger generation participating in The Duke Of Edinburgh Award Schemes, climbing the Three Peaks, sitting in a bath of Baked Beans helping to raise funds for some deserving cause.  These are all positive actions to be encouraged, admired and commended. But I still believe if our young generations citizens had lived the experience within a close society, they would have benefited from them as did I and many other Knottla' people. This was not unique only to this place, the same could be found in many similar communities.

It is not my intention to paint a life of utter utopia in these years of the thirties, forties, and early fifties. Times could be hard, shortage of money, and sometimes shortage of food, but despite the hardships endured, we did somehow seem to live happier then. Maybe things would have been different if access to Playstation's, computers, and televisions had been possible, who knows.

Finally if there are any Silver Surfers living in Knottingley with memories of life there in the past, don't just keep them to yourself, share them with the visitors to Knottingley Online.

What price nostalgia eh?

Maurice Haigh

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