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ISSUE 14 CONTENTS
It Wasn't Always Festive Fun!
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Not everyone looked forward to Christmas! Pigs, a staple part of the festive fare, are all ready for the table at Henry Fray's butchers, of Hebden Bridge and Luddenden, where staff were kept busy in the 1920s and '30s. Established by Henry Fray, who also had a stall in Hebden Bridge Market, the business was taken over by Elias Hillyard following Mr Fray's retirement just before WW2. He moved down south but didn't miss out on his Sunday lunch - Elias Hillyard sent him a joint of meat by post every week! Code no AT849GF ALGC
Issy Shannon Delves into Santa's Stocking
In 1948 Lydgate merry-makers faced the grim prospect of dinner minus the bird: thieves got away with five turkeys, 17 geese and eight chickens from butcher Walter Widdup, all locally reared and "spoken for."
As usual the guardians at Stansfield View workhouse - commonly known as "Beggarington" - really got into the Christmas spirit. No less than 74 "inmates" sat down to "a bountiful supply of roast beef, vegetables and plum pudding." But there were limits. Afterwards they were banished to their bedrooms whilst their benefactors tucked in to their own festive spread.
Which Christmas was entirely fruitless? And who vandalised the festive tree? More in Issue 14 of "Milltown Memories."
Greenwood's "Non-Alcoholic Vino-Tod" was particularly popular with festive merry-makers on the wagon. Whatever became of "Britain's Super Soft Drink" made in Todmorden?
Read the full story in Milltown Memories, issue 14. If this or other stories stirs a memory, we'd be happy to know - send us your memories and comments.