Cotton Mill Girl Sings

Gracie Fields was a British singer, comedian who became a big star of both cinema and Music Hall.
Born over a Fish and Chip shop in Rochdale,Lancashire.

Gracie started her working life in the local cotton mill of Rochdale. She gained a following with her self deprecating jokes and comic songs.

She had a no airs and graces working class style which made her the darling of the working class during the Depression years in England.

Gracie became one of Britain's highest paid performers of the 1930's. Please Click here for linkGrace Fields - Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)
Gracie also stared in the hit movie "Molly and Me" (1945) You can watch the full movie of "Molly and Me" here

Please Click here for linkYou Tube - Molly and Me - Full Movie

Munition Factory,

During the 2nd World War my Grandmother worked at a munition factory  in Chorley.,Lancashire.The bus would  pick up the workers from  Nelson,early in the morning and and then drop them off late at night.This is all i know, i would love  to sit with her now and hear what she had to say about life in the war years. Royal  Ordnance ,otherwise known as ROF Chorley or Filling Factory  Number 1. It was opened in 1939  by King George the V1.  During the 2nd World War over 35000 people were working there. In 1943 workers on the site filtered Torpex  explosive into the famous 'Bouncing Bombs' used to  attack German Dams in the Dambuster Raids Today   Buckshaw Village is  on the site of the former Royal  Ordnance

Nelson, Lancashire Good Old Days

This collection of short movies was made in 1962. Set in Nelson and the  Pendle  Countryside, it is a window to the past,with a view to how people from the north of England  lived.

Blackpool 1930

Blackpool 1930

My  Great  Aunt Annie having fun at Blackpool

Blackpool In Its Hey Day

Nelson ,Lancashire, like other mill towns in that area  Nelson folk would have their summer holiday at the same week each year. Nelson week ,the second week in July would see the streets in Nelson bare as many.would head  for the seaside.Blackpool became a favourite.
'Oh we do like to be beside the seaside'
Families would  head for the golden sands after hiring the use of a couple of deck chairs. Those without children headed for the Piers or the Tower Ballroom.
I have memories of  my Dad, who could not swim padding at the water edge,while my Mum made the most of  sitting in her deck chair.I was happy to build sandcastles with my Tin Pale

Bradford and West Yorkshire War Years

During the 2nd  WW children were evacuated out of the city of Bradford  to safer areas  in England. Nelson in Lancashire became one of these towns that took the evacuated children..Read about Bradford during the war years.