Once the Second World War had come to an end the big task of rebuilding shattered lives and trying to move on had started. Over the six-year war, many things had to be put on hold. One of those had been the church buildings at Bridge End Chapel. They had been used during the war years and had been left in a battered state and the compensation offered was far from adequate.
This photograph illustrates what has probably been the largest ever gathering of people in the centre of Hipperholme. To know what the occasion was you have to look at clues within the photograph. It is a celebration, judging from the bunting and flags and a special occasion because everyone appears to be in their ‘Sunday Best’.
Monday, July 1, 1968, I know where I was, can you remember that day 45 years ago?
I recollect that I was standing in Wade Street Halifax, working for Calder Valley Transport who had its depot opposite the Brewers Cellar pub and watching hundreds of gallons of water running down the street. Our highlight ed photograph is the top of Wade Street with the Brewers Cellar half way down on the right hand side. This was taken just days before the flood waters arrived.
Wellholme Park Children’s Centre has been serving Brighouse families since it opened on Saturday 12, September 1942. It was formally opened as the Wellholme Day Nursery by the Chairman of the Brighouse Health Committee, Alderman Ben Asquith, in company with the Mayor Alderman Herbert Womersley JP. This photograph was taken in 1942 and shows some of the children who attended the nursery at that time.