THREE Italian sisters and their friend, who started new lives in this area 50 years ago, are to mark the half-century since their arrival with a party.
The four Birkby women will celebrate their own Yorkshire Day on August 28.
Elisa Szpak, 74, who now lives at Armitage Road, escorted Anna Czerepaniak, now 73, of Arnold Street, Maria Glowiak, now 71, of Scholes Road and Giovanna Wozniak, now 69, of Armitage Road, as well as 13 other girls on the journey from Cassino to Mirfield.
Sisters Anna, Maria and Giovanna, whose maiden names were Miele, decided to come to England after hearing about lucrative job opportunities through adverts sent out across Europe by the British government.
"They said if anybody wants to go to England for work, there's a lot of work over there and we decided to come," said Anna.
"Elisa was the leader because she was the tallest!
"Everything was different. We wanted to go back straight away because we didn't like it."
The group lived in a hostel in Mirfield while they worked in the nearby Britannic Mill.
They had left Cassino, between Rome and Naples, to escape a country and economy ravaged by World War Two.
The girls had watched their home and town demolished by wartime bombardments.
"When we came over here my mother was very happy, but my father was very sad because he was in the war and never saw us grow," said Anna.
"It was a very hard life over there and over here."
Maria said: "At least over there it was beautiful and sunny. It was foggy and rainy here."
The train journey from London to Mirfield was plagued with foul weather. "We wondered where we were going. It seemed like the end of the world," said Maria.
The girls were paid £2.50 a week in the cotton mill.
All four, now grandmothers, later met men who had fled the war in the Ukraine.
They married and raised families in Huddersfield.