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Letters to the editor

There's a bumper crop of letters to the editor - on the Pace Egg play, another moorland tragedy and Sandra Bonn's amazing discovery in a Hebden Bridge shop.

Sandra Bonn (nee Peel)

Via the Web

I used to live above the shop at 1 Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, in the 1950s. My father, Oliver Peel, was a baker working at the Star Bakery in Valley Road. The bakery supplied what was then Crossley's bakers and confectioners at Crown Street, and also a shop in St George's Square. My mother, Vera Peel, worked in the Crown Street shop.

Some time in the early '60s I talked the then owners of the shop into letting me have a look around the flat, empty at that time, and I found a pair of my discarded shoes in the airing cupboard in the bathroom.

I don't know whether the Star Bakery was sold or just closed down, but my father subsequently worked for Billy Clay at his bakery in Bridge Gate.

A vivid childhood memory I have is of wandering into Holt's Greengrocers via their back entrance. I remember Frank being very kind to me. I used to think the big old picture on the wall of the man in the sou'wester was Mr Holt! Is it still there?

Ed: Sandra wrote in response to a plea from Carolle Law, of Carolle at Marian Mitchell, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, for information about the premises. And yes, Sandra, Holt's still has the painting which is not, I am reliably informed, Mr Holt!

Read the full story in Milltown Memories, issue 4. If this or other stories stirs a memory, we'd be happy to know - send us your memories and comments.