Wilf was a man for all seasons!

Wilf Booker, of Gomersal, whose poetry is to be made into a book.
Wilf Booker, of Gomersal, whose poetry is to be made into a book.

a QUARTER of a century after his death, the words of Gomersal poet Wilf Booker are to help raise money for the village parish church.

Wilf, who died in 1988, was from a well known Gomersal family – they were coal merchants in the winter, and sold ice cream in the summer.

But not many people knew that he was also a man of the written word.

However a collection of his works is now to be made into a fund-raising book by St Mary’s Church parishioner Trees Fewster.

“Wilf was a real character in the village, but not many knew he could also write poetry,” she said.

“His poetry covers a wide area, but mainly nature, local events, every day happenings and history. Some are written in plain English, others in Yorkshire dialect.

“About 30 years ago, when he was in his 70s, he gave me a collection of 39 poems and I have now received permission from his daughter to have them printed in book form, as part of a major fundraising campaign for the church restoration.

“To help with the printing costs I am having the poems sponsored at £50 each. I am trying to link a suitable poem to go with the sponsor. Sponsors will have their name acknowledged in the index and will also be given a free copy.”

Trees is also appealing for old photographs of Gomersal to illustrate the book.

Anyone who can help or who wants to sponsor a poem can contact her on 01274 873485, or email mfewster.41@btinternet.com.