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Steven Brown
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 18:37
Three questions
I’m probably pushing my luck here but I have three questions, two of which are very esoteric.
Has anyone any idea what year approximately that Airedale Foods (on Aire Street near Junction) closed/moved or whatever?
On a similar theme, has anyone any idea when the footbridge from Sutton County junior school to Holme Lane opposite the Baptist Chapel was taken down (vandalised). I assume it was 'elf n safety'?
And lastly, the parish church in Sutton is Victorian, did it replace an earlier church on the same site or replace a church in a different part of the village, or was there no church in Sutton prior because the inhabitants were pagans?

While I’m in reminiscing mode, why don’t people whistle any more, walk round with their hands in their pockets and what happened to white dog poo?
Alan Bainbridge
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 20:22
Hi Steven - I can only answer one question I'm afraid (and it isn't the one about white dog poo !). Airedale Foods closed around late 1974/early 1975.
Alan Pickles
Thursday, March 18, 2021 18:58
Hello Steven,
The only bridge that I can remember occupying the position that you refer to is/was the one leading from Holme Lane across the beck into the park. There was/is a gap in the beck wall alongside the shop which Polly Ogden used to occupy. It could be that this was the entrance to the bridge that you ask about. I have racked my memory and thought back to when I went to the Council School starting in 1942. but I cannot recollect one. Maybe someone older with a stronger memory than me, may be able to help. I look forward to hearing from them.
Terry Longbottom
Friday, March 26, 2021 12:33
At one time a bridge connected the school to Holme lane. On the Holme lane end it had a gate that was permanently closed and locked.
Children from the school had access to the bridge.
The bridge has now gone and the beck walls made good. as you said, it must be the "Elf “it may have happened in the middle of the night.
Brian R Clough
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 19:33
When I was at the Council School, in the 50's, we used the bridge to cross over to the Baptist Church or Sunday School building (not sure which) to see productions on a stage and then back to school via the bridge. There was a locked gate at each end and the access, from the playground, was near the boy's open-air urinal - weeing against a cement rendered wall with a stone wall behind you to stop anyone watching!! I think the bridge was removed in the early 70's or very late 60's.

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