Greetings from Gomersal

I POPPED along to the Red House Museum on Sunday to view the new Greetings from Gomersal exhibition currently showing Tuesday to Thursday (11am-4pm), and weekends (noon-4pm).

Visitors can hear memories of trams, trains and cycling from Old Gomersal.

There is a feature on Spen Valley Wartime and there is an excellent book that can be purchased at the museum called Words of War – memories of the Home Front during the second world war from the people of the Kirklees area.

Learn about the old sweet shops, fish and chip shops and the butcher from Cleckheaton who used a horse and cart travelling around Gomersal selling meat parcels for sixpence, and the barbers who were a mine of information – some still are!

On Whit Monday men and women used to play each other at cricket, and there are memories of miners who worked at Gomersal Colliery and the Peacock Pit at Birkenshaw.

Burnleys was one of Gomersal’s major employers, clothing the army, air force and navy.

Readers might be interested to know there is a Friends of Red House group that meets at the museum and is planning to raise its profile by organising various activities.

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact the museum on 01274 335100.


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