Chair and chair alike!

HISTORY: Lesley Swindells and her dad Harry Corrison with the little chair.
HISTORY: Lesley Swindells and her dad Harry Corrison with the little chair.

A WOMAN was stunned to discover her daughter had bought a child’s chair from a charity shop which had belonged to her 50 years ago.

Lesley Swindells’ daughter, Lauren, bought the chair from Cleckheaton’s Kirkwood Hospice shop as a present for her friend – but when Lesley saw it, she recognised it as the one her father Harry Corrison had made for her when she was a little girl.

Lesley, 61, took the chair to show Harry, who confirmed he had made two – one for Lesley and one for her sister Barbara – during the 1950s.

Harry, who lives at Batley Hall Nursing and Residential Home, said he made the chairs when he was working at Wey-Rite Scales in Warwick Road, Batley, making weighing scales.

He said: “I hadn’t been working there long. They took a couple of months to make – I scrounged the materials!”

Harry said he had designed the reclining chairs himself without the help of a pattern. His daughters had been very excited when they saw the finished articles.

He said he didn’t know what had happened to the chairs once his daughters had grown up, and added that he was rather amazed to see that one again!

Lesley said: “As soon as I saw the chair I knew it reclined, and sure enough it did. They were one of our favourite things when we were little.

“We used to have a gang hut at our house in Hirst Place in Batley. We did it up with curtains and a little table and these two armchairs, and played at houses.

“I was amazed when Lauren showed me the chair. It’s unbelievable.

“I would love to know who donated it to the charity shop – and how they came to own it.”