ARCHIVE photos featured in our “Lindley in the 40s, 50s and 60s” supplement had a special significance for one Examiner reader.
Sue Asher, of Fenay Bridge, was reminded of her father Wilfred when she saw pictures of Lindley Carnival in last week’s All Our Yesterdays pull-out – and decided to come and share some of her own memories.
Wilfred Firth was Lindley’s local painter and decorator for many years.
But his work also extended to designing and painting covers for the village Carnival’s programmes during the 40s and 50s.
The programmes are much like what can be bought today at the theatre – documenting events and sponsors that had allowed the yearly fund-raiser to take place.
Ranging from 1945 to 1953, the programmes are well over 50 years old and still look as vibrant and colourful as the day they were printed.
They were salvaged from Wilfred’s house when he passed away in 2003 and remain in Sue’s collection alongside nursery-rhyme character drawings he painted and framed on Sue and her sister’s bedroom wall.
Sue, who is now an assistant headteacher at Honley CE Infants School, feels that her father has been a major inspiration behind her career.
She said: “My father was a well-liked man in the community because of his loyalty to the village and his hardworking nature.
“As he was unable to drive a car for much of his life, he pushed his brushes and paints on a cart around the area by himself from morning until noon in order to make a living.
“After each weekday he would then walk to Brighouse to teach painting and decorating at the Technical College.
“That is what you call a hard-day’s work!”
Wilfred was also an expert at heraldry and painted numerous coats of arms for the region’s distinguished families.
He also gave talks at Rotary Clubs describing the characters of old Lindley.
Sue taped a number of these for her archives.
She is now considering approaching Radio Leeds with the possibility of airing his taped memoirs to the public.