PJ’s celebrate 30 years of keeping Spenborough in step

Kathryn Cooke and Joe Cooke from PJs holding the cake while Mike Wood  presents clocks to Pat Jennings and Sandra Cawthra for their long service to the gym. (d610a346)
Kathryn Cooke and Joe Cooke from PJs holding the cake while Mike Wood presents clocks to Pat Jennings and Sandra Cawthra for their long service to the gym. (d610a346)

A health club in Cleckheaton is fighting fit and celebrating 30 years of success.

Kathryn Cooke, owner of PJ’s Health and Fitness Village on Cartwright Street, has worked there since it first opened in 1983.

Originally as a slimming and nutrition consultant, she later trained as a fitness instructor after she bought the club with her husband Joe who, at the time, was a Bradford City footballer.

Kathryn said: “Fitness has changed since 1983 and back then we were the only health club in the area.

“The basics are still the same, but there are new crazes that come and go – one of the biggest that happened was Zumba.

“The first craze we saw was Step classes about 20 years ago and we still have them now.”

Members Sandra Cawthra and Pat Jennings both became members when it first opened and have been presented with special commemorative PJs clocks by Batley and Spen MP, Mike Wood.

Kathryn puts much of the success of the club down to being family orientated – and her own family are all part of the team.

Joe became a fitness coach after he retired from football and their three daughters, Geraldine, Yvette and Gaby also work there.

Even Kathryn’s mum at one point worked in there crèche and said:“She worked there until she was 80 and at the time, my daughter Gaby was in the crèche and called her Grandma, so all the children also called her Grandma.”