WILLIAM Whitwam from Cowlersley was 100 years old this week so a very happy birthday to him.
if ever the words ‘family’ and ‘history’ were relevant to the living, Mr Whitwam is our man.
He is also in a position to help us along the way with last week’s mystery picture, submitted by Mrs Angela Holdsworth. Mrs Holdsworth’s husband was Roger – and Roger’s grandmother, Mrs Annie Schofield, was on the picture (left).
Mr Whitwam says the photo was taken when he was 11 or 12, which takes us back to 1921 or 1922.
Its location is Golcar Baptist Church Sunday School, Mr Whitwam remembers.
It might also have a connection with the MP Glenvil Hall who Mr Whitwam thinks was campaigning to become Colne Valley’s MP at about that time.
In fact, Glenvil Hall became Colne Valley’s MP in 1939 and died in office in 1962.
He was, however, supported in his campaign by Philip Snowden, who represented the Colne Valley in 1922 and by 1924 had become the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer.
As can be seen, these dates don’t entirely tie up – and Mr Whitwam doesn’t know who the women were, what the cups were for and why they are resting on a Union flag.
If the date of the picture is correct, we could be looking at local women who were campaigning for the right to vote which was not achieved in the UK for all people over the age of 21 until 1928.