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Our Speaker on November 3rd was Mrs Patricia Cutts whose subject was about Otley in the Great War. It was soon clear that she had undertaken extensive research of the archives on the subject. Much had been obtained from old records of the Wharfedale Observer.   In 1914 Otley was a town buzzing with industry, particularly with textile and engineering firms. There were 1000 firms and a population of 9800. Lots of young men of suitable age for conscription into the armed forces.    The area surrounding Farnley Hall served as a Summer camp and many hundred tents were erected in 1914. Later, the miners pioneer battalion constructed wooden huts in their place. Charles Laughton is seen in a photograph taken at the camp. The Bridge Street church was good at providing  leisure facilities and was famous for its rabbit pies !   Chris Power proposed a vote of thanks for the excellent talk. A minutes  silence was  observed in remembrance of those who died in the war.  

At our next meeting on the17th November, Neil Ramshaw is going to show us how our computer can " entertain" us.All welcome, Methodist Church  10 am.



 

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