This photograph from 1950 has certainly brought the memories flooding back for retired Bradley shop owner Ronnie Thomas.

Ronnie discovered it at home and would love to trace his classmates who will now be aged around 70.

The photograph was taken at St Andrew’s School on Leeds Road, Hillhouse, in 1950 when Ronnie was six.

He said: “The school was at the spot where the Yorkshire Rose pub now stands and was right next to Robinson’s Dyeworks. There was often a horrible smell coming from there.”

He remembers that the teacher, Miss Rushton, taught the class in three distinct age groups all at the same time. They were sat in three rows and she wrote different work on the blackboards for all three.

“She was a lovely lady.” said Ronnie.

He knows that one of his classmates, Keith Whitehead, died from an illness around four years ago. He had emigrated to South Africa many years ago.

Paul Ambler was Ronnie’s closest friend and he used to go round to Ronnie’s house for tea on most schooldays and then every Friday Paul’s mum would take them to the cinema as a treat.

Ronnie Thomas
 

Gerald Charlesworth became a successful businessman in Normanton and Ronnie last saw him at a Huddersfield Town match a few years ago.

Ronnie moved on to Beaumont Street school for a few months before his parents, Albert and Mabel, moved from St Andrew’s Road to the new estate at Bradley and he switched to Bradley Voluntary School.

His father ran A Thomas and Son fish, fruit and veg shop on Keldregate in Bradley and Ronnie joined him in 1959 and, apart from a couple of years running a garage and petrol filling station in Shepley, owned the shop until 1999. In 1993 Ronnie and wife Janice also bought the mini market on Keldregate which they sold in 1997 when they retired.

“It was horrendously hard running both businesses,” said Ronnie. “It was six-and-a-half days a week.”

Anyone wanting to contact Ronnie can phone him on 01484 530238.