A SLAITHWAITE man says he has seen proof of the village's moonraking legend.
Neil Pogson, who is in his 70s, says he has read a book which will stop the accusations of Wiltshire folk that the Colne Valley village stole their Moonraking tale.
In Monday's Examiner we told you how people from Wiltshire had learned about Slaithwaite's celebrations and complained.
One furious Wiltshire resident accused Slaithwaite of stealing the Moonrakers.
The protester said: "It should be noted that the Moonrakers legend is based on the county of Wiltshire, not the county of Yorkshire.
"Please publish our objections to this theft of a legend. Did Slaithwaite ever have smugglers?"
Now, 78-year-old Mr Pogson - who is Slaithwaite born and bred - says he has proof of smugglers in Slaithwaite.
He added: "Elisa Crowther was a magistrate in Huddersfield and I remember reading her memoirs, in which she recalls the last magistrates' court case of the Slaithwaite Moonrakers.
"The Customs and Excise men had been tipped off that there was going to be contraband dropped into a dam near Slaithwaite and they staked it out.
"No contraband was found, but the same people were later seen at Whitwam's farm, which was nearby.
"The officials went to the farm and searched, but found nothing - until, on leaving, one of the officers noticed a grate which had been disturbed."
Mr Pogson said officers lifted the grate and discovered a stash of contraband.
He added: "Three men were apprehended and brought before Huddersfield Magistrates' Court before being sent to Leeds Assizes.
"This was in the late 1800s or the early 1900s, which shows that Slaithwaite did have smugglers."