David unearths piece of history

Carpet millworker David Crossland got more than he bargained for when he decided to do a spot of gardening at his home in Littletown.

Tuesday, 28th January 2014, 11:00 am
Lynette Douglas who won a place at the Royal Academy of Dancing in London.

For as well as pulling up weeds, he also unearthed a bit of history.

The Guardian archives of 1971 show that David was tending the lawn at his house in Healds Avenue when he found a 7lb cannon ball.

His wife Audrey thought it might have some connection with a wall at Littletown which was known locally as the Battle Wall, but there was nothing recorded in local history to suggest how the wall had come by this name, or of any skirmishes in the area.

David Crossland and his son Brian, with the cannon ball they found in the garden of their home in Healds Avenue, Littletown.

David thought about taking it to Batley Museum, or even having it polished as a trophy for Littletown AFC.

There was one likely explanation as to how it got there though; a local historian thought it could have been discarded by defeated Roundheads in the Battle of Adwalton Moor in 1643, who were known to have retreated through the Spen Balley on their way to Halifax.

A Heckmondwike couple were looking forward to basking in the Majorcan sun, thanks to famous crooner Frankie Vaughan.

Eileen Bamford and her husband, Alan – a policeman – were attending a dinner dance organised by the West Yorkshire Police at the Prospect Hall Hotel in Cleckheaton.

Eileen Bamford enjoys a congratulatory kiss from the singer Frankie Vaughan after she won a holiday to Majorca,

Mrs Bamford opened the door to the guest VIP who had popped in after an evening appearance at the Batley Variety Club.

She asked him for an autograph, but the only paper she had in her handbag was a raffle ticket which she had bought earlier that evening. As he signed it, she joked that hoped he would draw it out for her.

Later that evening, she was left speechless when that is exactly what happened.

“I just couldn’t believe it, it was a fantastic coincidents, “ she said.

“I’ve never won anything in my life before.”

The couple, of Fountain Street, took their holiday in February – their first ever holiday abroad and the first time they had ever flown.

Teenager Lynette Douglas was dancing her way to a career as a dance teacher after gaining a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dancing in London.

The 16-year-old, of Peaseland Road, had been dancing since the age of three and was delighted to have secured a place on the three year course.

Lynette, a pupil at Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School, was also Spenborough’s Carnival Queen, and after her course was complete, she planned to do an extra year’s teacher training course.

Although ballet was her main focus, she also enjoyed tap, national Greek and modern dancing.