St John’s Ambulance Brigade Band, many people would say they were the finest of its kind. It excelled in almost every competition it entered and when it was marching through the town everyone stood and took notice, stopping what they were doing just to watch. Such was its precision in marching, playing and deportment, a fine tribute to the young members of the band. Here they are leading the community day event at Smith House Estate in 1948.
One month into issue number 4 of my Brighouse & District Heritage Newseum local history and nostalgia magazine, already the first 250 copies have sold out and reprints will be on order in the morning.
Sadly V S Cycles shop in Bradford Road is no longer with us. But it is good to see the empty shop taken over, given a make over and is now the Brighouse offices of Harrington's Family Solicitors.
Too many towns have so many empty shops these days but here in Brighouse whilst we do lose some of our town centre traders for a number of reasons the vacant empty shop is soon occupied and another new business opens.
Welcome to Harrington's the new name on the high street.
Regular travellers through Hipperholme crossroads in recent weeks will have noticed the work being carried out at the former motorcycle shop on the corner. Whilst the new signage was being erected the bad weather started and left part of the old sign exposed just for a few days.
These premises had the initials WHB and the date 1898 at the front corner of the property.These embossed initails have gone now being exposed to the bad wether for so long on this corner but careful scrutiny and being mindful of the traffic the feint lettering can just be made out. Before it was the Hipperholme branch of the Halifax Co-op it was Northend's Drapers shop. I believe the co-op moved in when Northend's closed.
This photograph shows the corner when Northend's held this prime location. The lettering on the first floor above the ground floor shop doorway is quite clear on this photograph. The tramcar tells us that this was taken after 1904. The first tramcar from the extended tramway from Stump Cross through Hipperholme and onwards to the new terminus in Brighouse outside the George Hotel completed that first journey in February 1904.