January 24th 2018 brought a close to my 32 years of writing the weekly nostalgia column in the Brighouse Echo. Contrary to the impression that appeared in the Echo I have not retired and I am as keen as ever about the local history of Brighouse and its surround communities. It was the Echo who decided they could no longer publish my weekly contribution. No one is indispensable and 32 years is a good run. So what now ?
James W. Wrigley - He was Never found
The New Year opened in 1909 with plenty of optimism, beginning with the new Old Age Pension that was paid out in Brighouse on January 1st, throughout the year there would be ups and downs for many families in and around Brighouse. With new businesses opening and no doubt a few closing including some that would be completely destroyed by the ravages of fire.
I have no doubt there would also be the odd minor scandal, drawing little attention, beyond the immediate locality of where the scandal took place. But the name of James W. Wrigley and the scandal surrounding him would rock the very core of the Town Hall administration and the shock waves emanating from the incident would see the Town Clerk James Parkinson being forced to leave his post.
Many school children will look back on their school sports days in later years, some with happy memories and perhaps some with disappoint. ‘It’s the taking part’, you tell that to a wildly enthusiastic eight year old at the start waiting for the ‘Go’ in the sack race. They are out to do their best of course, but always with an eye on the winners prize.
The aeroplane now leaving from terminal one at Clifton Airport Brighouse has an unfamiliar sound about it. Mind you announcing the aeroplane was coming into land possibly at terminal one at Illingworth Airport, Halifax sounds even more unlikely. In the 1930s these were just two of the sites being put forward as potential new aerodromes in the West Riding.