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|Denis Marshall Pickles
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:47
The Baker Family
Tim Baker makes comment about Eli Preston and discloses that his parents are Harold Baker and Irene - a pretty blonde from Crosshills way. I cannot immediately bring her maiden name to mind - my brother Alan will remember! Anyway, what I wanted to say was that the Baker family, Harold, Alan and Mary, featured quite prominently in village life when I was a resident, particulary Mary, who was in my class at the Council School and Alan, the big lad who played rugby at Skipton and then for Leicester Tigers. Alan played in the second row, a position I occupied when I played for the Keighlians and I was forever seeking tips from him on how I could improve my game - he was older, wiser and a much better player than I ever was! I'll see if I can post a photo of him - I think I have one of him in his training gear taken at Winton during one of the YPF Easter Camps. Mary Baker caused me a great deal of unnecessary worry when I was a 7 year old pupil in Standard 1. She told me that we were engaged to be married and I believed her! I daren't tell my mother and I had sleepless nights wondering how I would support her! Mary too, was a member of the YPF, great friends with Beryl Hargreaves from Boundary Avenue. Happy days!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:21
|Mr Pickles. Further to my comments on the Preston article re Mr Baker and reading yours- Irene Baker was Irene Martin before she married.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:34
|from Denis Pickles
Alan Baker, the big lad in the track suit, was somewhat of a hero of mine. He played second row for Skipton RUFC and later with Leicester Tigers. Sadly he died young.
This photo was taken at the YPF Camp at Winton in (maybe) 1953. The chap who is supporting Alan who has just completed a training run, is F Roy Hudson, from Glusburn (he lived in Town End Place) himself no little lad!
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