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Duncan McHenry
Tuesday, December 25, 2007 21:21
Duncan McHenry.
My name is Duncan McHenry. I lived in Sutton until I was 21 and left for Nelson in Lancashire when I married.
I lived with my Mum and Dad, Jack and Hilda McHenry, and my sister, Janet.
First at 6 Hall Way and then at 9 Eastfield Place.
I served my time as an apprentice overlooker at William Hartley's of Greenroyd Mills.
It would be lovely to hear from anyone who remembers us.
What a great website.
Keep up the good work.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007 13:25
Hello Duncan McHenry,
Long time no speak. The last time I saw you was back in the mid 1960's in Nelson Bus Station whe I was returning to Preston whilst attending a course at Hutton. I met your sister, Janet, once since then when I was helping at the Bradford Council orphanage,High Park. The matron there at that time was, and still is, a friend of ours. Nice to hear you are still around. Hope thatyou not still waiting for the same bus. Take care, All the best and keep contributing. It is surprising who turns up and here.
Alan Pickles.
Duncan McHenry
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 15:04
Hello, Alan,
Your message rings a bell.
I seem to remember that when I saw you in Nelson all those years ago, you were going back to Preston to the Police Dog Training Centre.
Pina and I are both well.
Janet still lives in Bradford and we see her quite often.
I am on my own today, because Pina has gone to see one of our sons and his family in Halifax.
I couldn't go because I am preparing some New Year material on the computer for our parish priest - if ever I find myself in a new parish, I won't tell the priest that I know how to use a computer !!!!
Keep in touch.
Kevin Bainbridge
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 19:38
Just mentioned your posting to my dad, Jack Bainbridge. He remembers the name - did your dad work with his brother Milton at Bairstow's as a wool sorter? He also suspects that your grandad might have been the school caretaker when he was there during the war?
David in Oz
Thursday, December 27, 2007 11:13
Just read your posting re Milton and wool sorting. My dad was in the sorting amongst many other Sutton characters.
Duncan McHenry
Thursday, December 27, 2007 13:17
Hello, Kevin,
Yes, Dad was a wool-sorter at T and M Bairstow's. I don't remember many others - I think there was a Mr Hobson who lived near Holme Bridge and a John McIver, whose sister Marion worked at Sutton Co-op.
My grandad, Charles McHenry, was the caretaker at Sutton County Primary School and my other grandfather, Charlie Pritchard, was the park keeper in Sutton.
Keep in touch, Duncan.
David in Oz
Friday, December 28, 2007 11:07
Atn Kevin
Sorry my mail was meant for your Dad Jack. Whilst I'm on does any one remember my Dad Donald?
Kevin Bainbridge
Saturday, December 29, 2007 09:09
Duncan, David - my mum, Muriel, worked at Bairstow's from arriving as a hostel girl at the age of 14 until the mill's closure and remembers both your dads well. She remembers Donald as being tall and very straight like a guardsman. Because of the greasy nature of the job from the lanolin they all wore blue and white striped long aprons and many of the men wore clogs in the mill. She also remembers that the sorters has the softest hands in the village - I decided not to ask what research was carried out to determine this fact!

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