I read Dianne Smith’s letter with interest as I remember very well the BBC Schools Broadcasts, Singing Together and Rhythm & Melody. I adored these programmes when I was about 7 or 8 at Rawcliffe Primary School near Goole in the 1950s.
I seem to remember that one programme was on Tuesdays and one on Thursdays.
As Dianne says we learned a lot about the instruments of the orchestra especially Peter & the Wolf and each instrument representing a different animal. We also had Peer Gynt and lots of others and my favourite Lieutenant Kije by Prokofiev.
We also had Sea Shanties and one particular favourite was Skaggerak, a Scandinavian one. I was fascinated with this and in 2010 went on a Baltic Cruise and went through the Skaggerak.
We visited a small town called Skagen in Northern Denmark and I felt rather at home there.
Early this year I did my DNA and amazingly my genetic code points to 11% Scandinavian with Northern Denmark a strong connection
No wonder I had an affinity with the Skaggerak.
Edna Austin, Goole, East Yorkshire
As a Yorkshireman abroad may I say what a pleasure it was to see Skidby Windmill featured in Ian Richardson’s ‘Over Hill and Dale’ walk. As a student at the University of Hull between 1971 and 1974 I often walked around Skidby from my hall of residence (Needler) in Cottingham. I regularly used Arthur Mee’s Yorkshire East Riding book as a guide – a faithful companion on such rambles; a very evocative book written and illustrated in the early 1940s. I wonder if any of your readers remember this excellent publication? In a career in the public service I have travelled and lived most of my life overseas, but be it on the shores of the Mediterranean or during the white nights north of the Arctic circle in Murmansk. The Dalesman has regularly accompanied this Catterick born son of God’s Own County!
Jeremy Gee, Les Cotes, Perigord, France
I have been a long time reader of Down Your Way and now enjoy the Dalesman which I find is a mixture of Down Your Way, keep up the good work.
I like the article of Surname file very interesting. But what I would like to know is what made the Christian name Brian so popular in the late 1930-40s. I was born in 1939. I lived in St James’ Walk in Horsforth from 1943/56. In that street lived five Brians all next door to each other. They were Brian Faulkner, Brian Hudson, Brian Hollings, Brian Middleton and Brian Hepworth. Then, at St James’ School, Woodside in Horsforth, there was Brian Crossland, Brian Denby and Brian Bell. We were all of the same age, so I just wonder was there a famous Brian that we took our names from?
Brian Middleton, Aldbrough, Hull
A Yorkshire friend sent the October edition of The Dalesman and I discovered Chris Acomb‘s photos (see above). They reminded me of one of my most enjoyable holidays in Britain. In 1985 I stayed at a Gunnerside guesthouse that had been converted from a chapel. The couple running it used the space to exhibit their artwork.
Thanks to Chris Acomb and to The Dalesman.
My best wishes to my then hosts in Gunnerside who made everyone feel welcome, and to the readers of The Dalesman.
Baerbel Gross, Potsdam, Germany
After reading the article about Amy Johnson (January 2021). My late father, also born in Hull, was her contemporary and he once told me that he knew her briefly, when youngsters, they played on the sands at Bridlington, with others. It is so sad that after all her subsequent heroic aviation exploits, she perished in the Thames Estuary, again flying bravely solo as part of the ATA ( Air Transport Auxiliary) with no companion or back up.
What a wonderful contribution she made, with her fellow girls, flying unarmed aeroplanes to where they were needed, for the RAF, during the Second World War. I am also pleased to see that there is an article from a Yorkshire expat, and more to come. As you may recall, from previous correspondence, I grew up here from an early age, in Doncaster, although not born there. However, I like to regard myself as an ‘expat’ and return to The Dales for walking, to the land which holds so much of my great affection. I so look forward to receiving The Dalesman each month.
Miles Rhodes, Moulton, Northants
Upon reading this month’s Dalesman I noticed the brief mention of Amy Johnson and thought you might be interested in this photo (above).
It is a full size replica of Jason, Amy’s plane, in which she flew to Australia. The photo was taken in February 2017 during Hull’s year of culture when the plane was dramatically suspended in the entrance to Paragon Station.
Tony Foster, Beverley
I really enjoyed the article on Singing Together by Dianne Smith. I remember looking forward to the programme at infant/junior school in the 1960s and can still sing the round “At last unto the mountains” when we were split into four groups, one group starting a line after another has sung it!
I also remember a song called Lillibulero but none of the words – I think the title must have fascinated me. Happy days!
Adrian Trinder, Brackley, Northants
I was interested to read David Mitchell’s article in the January issue of The Dalesman, “Memories at rail side”. Like David, I have a Brownie Instamatic camera, which sits unused now on a chest of drawers in the house, but not a spool, and a mobile phone which has a camera and which I use on a regular basis. Not the same! Have many happy memories of the Settle-Carlisle railway, and other steam railway lines, but was only once in Carlisle in 2020 due to the lockdown.
Atholl Innes, Kirk Wynd, Selkirk, Scottish Borders
My father recently passed me a copy of The Dalesman in which you published a request from Kath Clark of Craven District Council asking for details of the Craven motor car of c. 1907. I’m a motoring historian, a volunteer at Brooklands museum in Weybridge, Surrey and regularly contribute to the members magazine, “The Brooklands Bulletin”. My first investigation was to check for the Craven car in the “Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile” by Nick Georgano published by The Stationery Office (2000) which is a huge double volume catalogue of virtually every car make that ever existed. Sadly no car called Craven is listed. I also contacted Patrick Collins, the Research and Enquiries Officer of the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu and he says that it is rare to find a car not listed in the Georgano tomes but it occasionally happens. He has checked the museum’s cataloguing and indexing to look for the name Craven but has drawn a blank and tried a similar exercise with the indexing of The Autocar and The Motor from the period but, again, nothing. My conclusion is that the Craven car probably never got as far as a prototype , or if it did sales were tiny and not for long. Possibly the advert was an attempt to create orders in the hope of finding funds to put the car into production. Patrick Collins thinks the car pictured in the advertisement is a Simms-Welbeck and will do further research when he is next in the museum (currently closed). The Simms car is listed in Georgano which records that these were built in Bermondsey then Kilburn, London between 1901 and 1908 with Welbeck being a model in the latter period of the company, sometimes simply called Simms-Welbeck. The company was the project of Frederick Simms, a German born engineer of British descent who played a key part of the British motor industry. He was on the Daimler board from 1890 to 1892 and as a consequence acquired the British rights to some Daimler patents which he sold on and these were utilised when the first British cars were built in 1896. The Quadrant motor cars and cycles are also listed in Georgano although motor cars were only made in the 1906-1907 period. The Birmingham based company mostly manufactured motorcycles between 1900 and 1927, the National Motorcycle museum near Solihull has one in their collection.
Gareth Tarr, Chertsey, Surrey
On reading “Happy days back in Hornsea” I subsequently contacted a friend living in Hornsea and she confirms that the wrought iron gates with the alphabet leading into the park are indeed still there. The Floral Hall is still open and thriving in ‘normal times’ and the café serves a wide variety of food including lunches. We thought Malcolm McArthur of Egglescliffe would like to know. Reading The Dalesman has been a great escape in these uncertain times. Thank you to all the staff there.
Ann Cross, Doncaster
I would like to thank The Dalesman and Stephen Wade for the excellent article in the December issue relating to Churwell and Leeds “A village and city in his heart”.
What a pleasant surprise to read about the small village just outside Leeds where my family were born. I was stopped in my tracks when he mentions my father Mr Bateson who used to collect and sell kindling (in bundles with a piece of wire tied round them) to locals all around Churwell, Beeston and Hunslet.
I remember very well as a a young lad in the late 50s my father hawking firewood around that area – firstly on a horse and cart and then latterly with an old Thames Trader lorry. He describes the village exactly as it was, with peace and stability yet plenty of characters and entrepreneurs.
His uncle who owned an allotment, a pub and a shop but all were very important wheels in the village cog. He writes about the place being one small village but also every village, and that was true – there were hundreds like it with that spirit of togetherness.
Today, with all the sadness and upheaval that this virus has brought upon us, it’s grand to see that same village spirit emerging once again.
Paul Bateson, Wakefield
May my wife and I congratulate Mrs Simkins for her recipe for the Swaledale Pie. It is delicious.
Our youngest daughter has already baked two for us knowing how fond we are of Yorkshire food after having spent so many holidays there, especially Swaledale and staying at Thwaite.
Liddle Stokoe, Ashtead, Surrey
As a textile designer with almost 50 years designing collections for worldwide customers I read with interest the piece by Tamsyn Naylor. Congratulations to Tamsyn for making a simple plain weave design sound interesting. I could never tackle the weaving , the whole feature just made me smile.
David Ogden, Keighley
Reading about Andrew Carter’s Three Peak challenge in the February edition reminded me of our less than boring ascent of Whernside – we don’t agree with Andrew’s father! It was extremely windy, so much so that the wind turned our map holder inside out and the map blew away. And as for the Ribblehead Viaduct, I couldn’t see the train crossing it because the wind pressure on my glasses and eyes made everything blurry. To cap it all, on the way down, Graham fell head over heels somersaulting gracefully down the slope, his rucksack softened the landings. He was okay, thank goodness.
And we did get back safely and weren’t one bit bored!
Graham and Marjory Davey, Bridlington
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