OTLEY AND DISTRICT MENíS FORUM
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
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.