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Phil Robinson Edition 10 (2)

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Phil Robinson Edition 10 (2)

  1. 1. 44 Phil Robinson writes about where he's been with his camera since our last edition and tells the story of his travels and adventures around Bradford! Phil’s photography walkabouts! Since the last Local Leader, I have been out and about with my camera, going to events and looking at some interesting places within the BD postcode. SALTAIRE FESTIVAL The biggest thing for this edition has been my visit to the Saltaire Festival, and what a fantastic weekend that was! A massive gathering of people and businesses from all over the Bradford District. This event gets bigger and better every year. The streets of Saltaire and Roberts’ Park were full to bursting. There were so many people crossing the bridge from Saltaire into Roberts’ Park at one point that the procession came to a halt and nobody could move on either side. At the back of Roberts’ Park was a great funfair with thrilling rides. There were also lots of stalls highlighting Bradford businesses and selling everything under the sun. On stage was some amazing local band who really got the crowd going. On sale was lots of beer by local breweries, which added to the festivity. The organisers made a really good job of it this year. Well done all! It just goes to show that Bradfordians know how to enjoy themselves.
  2. 2. 45 POLICE MUSEUM The newly reopened Police Museum is a place I have wanted to visit for some time. There was a well set-out gallery and exhibits in a large room, with plenty to read and look at around the room and very helpful staff manning the place. Next I was taken on a walking tour around the cells, which was absolutely fascinating. You’re met at the entrance by a constable dressed in a uniform from the past. He takes you on an interesting journey around the old cells. You can absorb the atmosphere and get a feel for what it was like from the tales the guide tells you. The tour ends in the dock, which is a beautifully decorated Victorian courtroom used by many TV and film companies. Well worth a visit. SHIPLEY GLEN TRAMWAY A few years ago I went to the reopening of the Shipley Glen Tramway, and while I was in the area for the Saltaire Festival I couldn’t leave without paying it a visit. It was great to see the people queuing up to go on a Bradford favourite: the nostalgic ride up to Shipley Glen. Such a shame that the fair at the top has long gone. But at least the tramway sill runs, giving Bradfordians lots of happy memories. The tramway is open every Sunday from 12noon to 4pm.
  3. 3. 46 BRADFORD CITY HALL The magnificent, gothic, 19th-century City Hall had its doors open to the public re- cently. This is a must for anyone interested in the history and architecture of Victori- an Bradford. It was designed by the famous Bradford architects Lockwood and Mawson, who also designed St George’s Hall and Salts Mill. The hall was opened in 1873 by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Alderman Matthew Thompson. There was also the chance to meet the current Lord Mayor and a look around the council chambers, as well as many other rooms in the Hall. SEDBERGH SPORTS CLUB FUN DAY A few weeks earlier I was invited to the annual Sedbergh Fun Day, in memory of Eddie McGuinness, a well-known sportsman killed on Huddersfield Road. Lots of people from Low Moor and Wyke attended. There were five different category rugby matches played, and many stalls selling goods, food and beer. The under-12 rugby game was between West Bowling and St Joseph’s (from Huddersfield). West Bowling were the winners. I enjoyed the game, with some of the older players putting on an interesting show – there was even an Ice Bucket Challenge. A great family fun day out, rather late in the year for a Fun Day but they were lucky with this year’s Indian summer.
  4. 4. I will, as usual, be out and about looking at more projects and events all over Bradford over the next couple of months. If you have anything you would like me to come and see contact me on Facebook through my personal profile or through “All About Bradford” page, or email me at philrobinson005@gmail.com HIDDEN HISTORY: WIBSEY & LOW MOOR A couple of months back I paid a visit to Little Horton Green and took a look back into Bradford’s past. Another small piece of Bradford’s hidden history lost in time is just off Cleckheaton Road in Low Moor. Here you can find a small set of houses, a pub and a church. Many years ago this area was a suburb of Wibsey called Wibsey’s Low Moor, on the border of North Bierley. The Holy Trinity Church was once called Wibsey Chapel and there has been a church there since 1400, but the original was completely rebuilt by the Victorians and even renamed. In the graveyard you can see many graves from the Civil War, and later, graves of many who worked for the famous Low Moor Iron company. There are also a number of graves from what was called the Low Moor Disaster, when an explosion in a munitions factory killed many workers. You can see a memorial to this tragedy in Victoria Park. On Chapel House Road there is the Holy Trinity vicarage, an old school and chapel and some lovely old cottages. There is also the Chapel House Pub, very popular for food and drink in a lovely olde-worlde setting. INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM CHRISTMAS FAIR Finally this year I will be visiting the Bradford Industrial Museum’s annual Christmas Fair. In previous years it has had a warm Christmassy feeling about it, with food and craft stalls alongside the fascinating exhibits and people dressed in seasonal clothes. And last year Santa came to visit, bringing a few reindeers for the children to pet! 47

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