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Mobile Library and staff, Dalesman car park

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Mobile Library and staff, Dalesman car park
Description:
1971. Image shows the staff posing for the camera in front of the new Mobile library vehicle at the start of the new service. It is parked in the car park of the Dalesman Public House in Butcher Hill which was a stop on the Tuesday route. The vehicle was built by Maudsley's Limited of Dewsbury Road and was equipped to carry 2,600 books, providing a service where there was no branch library in the locality. The mobile service cost £9,000 to put on the road. It travelled a different route each day of the week between Monday and Saturday. Monday to Friday their service operated between the hours of 9.00am and 8.00pm and on Saturday between 9.00am and 5.00pm. In the picture, from left to right, are the driver, Norman Judd, and library assistants Joan Hewitt, Cynthia Atkinson and Vilma Crossfield(?)

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Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
The Dalesman was one of my 'locals' when I lived in Queenswood Drive. Over the years there have been some changes made to the place, with rooms being altered and a carbunkle added which was quickly nicknamed 'The Mosque' by the locals. When it was built it had a Lounge with a stage, a Tap Room, a Cocktail Lounge and an Outsales Shop.The first Landlord and Landlady had the surname Westwood. In 1961 I joined West Park Old Boys R.U.F.C. at which time played home games on the West Park School Playing fields, The Dalesman was the venue for the after match food and drinks. It was also the after match venue for Woodbridge Villa A.F.C. and later Woodbridge Rangers A.F.C. who played Sunday morning football on the playing fields across the road opposite the pub. I played several seasons in turn for both clubs. The Dalesman also had a Sunday side, so the pub was once an important place for local sport.

Date:
25-Feb-2010

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rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
Lindsay Darby

Comment:
I was once the bar cellarman/assistant manager at the dalesman and i worked there for about 5 years.Ron is right, the dalesman was once a heaving place on a sunday afternoon with all the rugby and football teams and fans piling into the tap room after their games. It was one of the best jobs i ever had working there, the first guy i worked for was john hartley who was the manager and the second was for the haigh family. Mick was the manager and was a great guy to work for and had a nice family too and really took me under their wing. The carbunkle was called the mosque by locals and after the refurb it was never quite the same place. good times.

Date:
14-Oct-2011

Email:
donkey-darby@hotmail.com

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Name:
S Johnson.

Comment:
I can remember during the mid 80's it was a very busy pub and as kids we used to build the bonfire there, making it as big as possible. This was back in the day when NOTHING was more important to a ten year old boy than his bonfire. Chumping, I believe, it was called and our gang too it all very seriously. The Dalesman bonfire was always very busy and I should imagine the pub did a 'roaring' trade. We were all promised pie and pea's for spending the many weeks building up this huge flammable behemoth, but they were, sadly, empty promises! During the summer months we spent most of our school holidays on the 'garages' behind the Daley, jumping from one garage to the next and getting up to mischief. The lads I hung around with were, Jason Capitano, Craig Healy, Chris Sheperd, jason Vickers and Michael Holmes. Good times.

Date:
19-Oct-2012

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Name:
Micky Miles

Comment:
I lived opposite the car park entrance, I can remember the area before the Moore Grange estate was built, just Fields also woods were the Butcher Hill playing fields now are. I played for the Dalseman, the team was called Dalesman Celtic managed by Mr K Peniket, I was aged 15, we first played on the pitch closest to Butcher Hill, we then we moved to the Bedquilts Recreation Ground, a few years later I played for Woodbridge Rangers AFC not forgetting the quiz nights in the Strid. Many fond memories as a kid, bonfires on the "holla" before the Church St Andrews was built, playing on the monkey hills etc..my Mother worked in Fred Waterhouses and then Fowlers Newsagents and my Father played darts for the Dalesman along with my Uncle and Alf Amos..

Date:
06-Jan-2014

Email:
mick.miles1@ntlworld.com

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