The poems of a Gomersal man have been saved from the brink of extinction.
Wilfred Booker was born in the village in 1907 and died in 1988.
With permission of his daughter, Margaret, the poems have now been published by Trees Fewster and the the 96-page hardback book was launched at St Mary’s Church, Gomersal, on Saturday, before an audience, many of whom had sponsored the poems for £50 each.
Trees told how she came up with the idea of publishing the books to raise money for the church. The content of the poems which covered nature, industry, history, childhood and local events was carefully linked with a possible sponsor; The Rose was sponsored by a keen gardener, and The Hum of the Threshing Drum went to someone who collects antique agricultural machinery. During the presentation poems were read out by the Fewsters’ four children.
Wilf was from a well known Gomersal family – they were coal merchants in the winter and sold ice cream in the summer.
The book with 39 poems and photographs is available for £10 from Trees on 01274 873485.