OUR story about the royal visitors who dropped in on Honley 100 years ago sparked a response from Raymond Prior who now lives in Stockport.
“Having lived in Lindley and Marsh and known well most of the places around Huddersfield, I was astonished and most interested to read the piece in the Examiner (June 13) about King George V and Queen Mary’s 1912 visit,” he said.
“After all, it was I who provided the 1935 Silver Jubilee programme which was the subject of an Examiner article a few Saturdays back.
“What an amazing number of places the King and Queen saw.”
Just a year after the coronation, the new monarch and his queen headed for Yorkshire’s industrial heartland. The story was told by Honley Civic Society member Peter Marshall who has produced a book, When The King Came To Honley, to commemorate the anniversary.
It adds to the collection of history books produced by the society’s History Group.
Mr Marshall told how the party based themselves at the home of Lord Fitzwilliam at Wentworth Woodhouse and their trip saw them visit Wellington Mills in Lindley, Greenhead Park and Huddersfield Infirmary where the king unveiled a statue of his late father, King Edward VII.
On July 11 it will be exactly 100 years since King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Honley to visit William Brooke, a director of Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge who, with his wife, Gertrude, lived in Northgate Mount, a house which still stands in the village.