Anita and Allan Broadhead posing with their photograph find outside the Denby Dale branch of Kirkwood Hospice
Anita and Allan Broadhead posing with their photograph find outside the Denby Dale branch of Kirkwood Hospice
 

An amateur detective has found the missing piece of a family tree after unearthing a long lost photograph in a charity shop.

It was the start of an adventure for eagle-eyed Allan Broadhead who took it upon himself to track down the relatives of the mystery husband and wife caught in the snap after finding it at Denby Dale’s Kirkwood Hospice shop.

A regular customer who enjoys searching for nostalgic items, he was struck by the century-old item when leafing through the picture rack with his wife Anita and deputy manager Pat Wills during a sudden downpour.

Pat said: “The shop was fairly quiet so to pass the time Allan, Anita and I started looking at some of the pictures in the shop.

“It is not unusual for the hospice to receive donations of historical memorabilia and vintage items but this one really captured our imagination.”

They took the back of the photo frame off and discovered the family name of ‘Hatterstone’ inscribed underneath.

It was then that Allan’s love for family research kicked into action.

He said: “It’s one of those items that you just feel should be with the family it belongs to.

“I started wondering who the people were, where were they from and who their descendants might be.

“I thought it might be difficult to trace the family as the picture was so old.”

But after doing a little more research Allan, of Cawthorne, discovered that the family name was very rare and to his astonishment, when he contacted the names on his list, they all turned out to be part of the same family.

He said: “The family was spread across the country but mainly based in and around Manchester.

“It comes from Hattenstein, which is Russian Jewish in origin, and I found that they left Poland during pressure from various parties.

“They were delighted to receive the picture and even reimbursed me for it.”

But when they got it they realised that they didn’t recognise the people in the picture.

Allan said: “During my research I found out that some of them had emigrated to America, which I told them about.

“I really hope that they are able to track down their long lost ancestors once and for all.

“It would be very nice for the picture to find its real home.”