HERE we publish more children’s homes memories and pictures from Miss Muriel Richards of Honley, the former house foster mother at Fieldhead, the Huddersfield Borough children’s care home at Lindley.
These reminiscences are taken from notes made recently by Miss Richards and they relate to trips and memorable occasions with Huddersfield child care homes between 1952 and 1977.
“A popular annual event in Huddersfield was the RSPCA children’s pet show in Greenhead Park.
Muriel Richards said: “One year (it was 1956) we entered Smokey our cat.
“I bought him a new collar and gave him a good brush and off we all went.
“When we got there he was put in a cage alongside all the other cats also in cages.
“There were some lovely cats, but none, as we thought, as good as ours.
“We all had to go out of the marquee while they were being judged.
“When the judging was over we went back for Smokey.
“Sadly he did not win anything and the children were very upset, but we still thought he was the best in show!”
After the Fieldhead home’s annual holidays to the YMCA camp at Seathorne, Skegness, ceased the children were taken away and housed at guest houses at other resorts.
But the rules changed and then after two visits to the same resort a different one had to be chosen.
The most popular resort visited was Morecambe, where most holidays took place, but the group also went to Blackpool and Rhyl.
Examiner librarian Stephen Carter, was one of the youngsters in Miss Richards’ care in the early 1950s.
Miss Richards added: “One Morecambe guest house where we stayed had a particularly kind landlady and landlord.”