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Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 00:52
Malsis Hall School c1960
Hi Yvonne, thanks for posting the pictures of Malsis Hall School including images of your father.

I used to be very good friends with your youngest brother Robert when I lived in Sutton, but strangely enough it wasn’t always that way. For many years we actually fought and hated each other! Then for some reason in our early teens we clicked and became the best of mates. Crikey we got up to some serious mischief over the years and nearly got locked up a few times! After turning 18 we hitch hiked to France together grape picking for a while.

Going back to the Malsis photos, I’ve never seen a picture of your father before. The moment I saw the 4th photo down ‘Gang of Workers’ and looked at your dad I immediately saw Robert’s cheeky face smiling back. The likeness is uncanny.

One November evening about 1975, 3 of us went ‘Penny for the Guy’ door-knocking around the Sutton Mill area. Problem was we didn’t have a Guy, so Robert volunteered to be the Guy. He wore a floppy hat, flung his arms around our shoulders and just let his body go limp with his head hanging down to one side and his eyes wide open – expressionless and perfectly still! Then we’d hit the door bells and point to our ‘lifeless’ Guy trying so hard to keep straight faces. We didn’t actually make any money that night, but some of the bemused looks we got from residents were priceless.

Thanks again Yvonne, the next time you see Robert please pass on my regards, I haven’t seen him in over 30 years.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 23:37
The chap in the front row on the left with curly (ginger) hair is my dad - Eric Harper from King Edward Street. but I haven't worked out a better guess than circa 1960. Thanks for the photos Yvonne.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:50
Just another thought - I actually went to see a performance of The Mikado at Malsis, sitting at the back of the hall. It was well done and you tended to forget they were all boys - Singing Three Little Girls from School in particular meant a bit of a double take, and, as I left the UK in June 1961 it must have been before that date. Gosh I wish I could relate it to a time/date.
I am also racking my brain for the name of the chap at the other side of your dad Yvonne, I know the face so well but cant get the name out of the deep recesses of my mind. Did I hear 'what mind?'
Tony Ingham
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 13:35
Hi Brenda, how well did you know George Kettlewell, he used to ride Red Comet the race horse for my father Frank Ingham
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 20:52
Not as well as I should I guess..... Is that who it is - 'cos the name George kept popping into my head but I couldn't set it. Isobel and Jack Kettlewell must have been his parents and Isobel was my grandmother's sister. (she used to read tea leaves haha)
I remember you though and Pauline and Harry - also the old days when your dad delivered milk with horse and trap. I went to New Laithe many times of course. The back way from the top of Eastfield Place - your back door had quite a few steps up to it heh? The problem is, that when you move away there is no one around to keep memories alive and so recall is not as easy as it could be. This website has been a wonder for me.
Yvonne Salt
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 21:09
Hi Andrew,

love your comments, I just cannot imagine you two grape picking in France - how long before you were sacked? Haven't spoken to Robert (alias Trebor) for quite a while but will remind you to him next time.

Do you have a sister called Carol? I'm pleased you liked the pictures..... and I'd like to thank you for all your efforts compiling the 'Fallen of Sutton'. It was your quest for missing photographs of the 'Fallen' that prompted me, after a good poke in the eye from Robin Longbottom and a Chinese burn from cousin Keith King, to contribute to the site - something I'd been meaning to do since I first became aware of it. There was a photograph of my Great Uncle John Davy in uniform on his mount that hung in Granddad Leonard Davy's house on Low Fold so I'm trying to track it down.

Looking forward to your next posting.

Hi Brenda,

I don't remember you but I was also at the Mikado and I agree that the performance was amazing!....I can still hear 'Three Little Girls'!

It was December 1960 - not a fact I can attribute to a detailed memory but it was written on the back of the photograph.

I had remembered your dad by sight but not his name and I think the chap on the right was called Peter and lived in a bungalow in Glusburn where all the cars ended up in his garden wall after misjudging the notorious Glusburn Bridge corner.

Maybe others will be able to identify the rest of the gang.

Pleased you enjoyed my contribution.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 23:29
Hi Tony - I have just had another flashback - you mentioned your dad's race horse - was it a standard bred/trotter or pacer - I ask because I have this picture of a sulky - in your farm yard but also I think I remember seeing it going along Bridge Road/Gordon Street...
Tony Ingham
Friday, April 26, 2013 08:00
Hello Brenda ,Is there any chance of you putting that picture of the sulky on the gallery.
I think that it would bring back a few memory.Thanks Tony
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Friday, April 26, 2013 21:16
Tony - I am sorry to have misled you - I have a picture in my mind - not a physical image - maybe it is old age - I didnt realise until I re-read my words that I would mislead you.
Neil Palfreman
Sutton in Craven
Saturday, April 27, 2013 09:02

The PETER at the right hand of the photograph is Peter Dearnley.
He did live by Glusburn bridge for a long time , but now lives on
Boundary Avenue. If my memory serves me right , which is open to
question, his parents lived in the lodge at the Malsis drive entrance to
Malsis School
David Laycock
Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:05
Hi Tony,
I remember you riding your horse in races not using the sulky?
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Monday, April 29, 2013 09:16
Hi Neil, I have an old postcard of The Lodge at Malsis Hall postmarked 1906 on the reverse. I've forwarded it together with some others images of Malsis Hall to the webmaster for inclusion in the gallery.

Hi Yvonne, yes my sister is called Carole. She now lives in Chagford, Devon located inside the Dartmoor National Park and claims it is nicer than Sutton. However I visited her in May of last year and can categorically confirm that it is not! Nowhere beats Sutton! I’d forgotten that Robert’s nickname was (is) Trebor, presumably after the mint. Good luck with tracking down the photograph of your Great Uncle John Davy in uniform, that would be terrific to see :-)
Maurice Atkinson
Monday, April 29, 2013 13:27
Or Trebor is just Robert in reverse!
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Monday, April 29, 2013 23:37
Ah of course, I think you're on the money there Eciruam!
Richard Kettlewell
Thursday, January 1, 2015 20:02
Hi Brenda just come across your post you are right George Kettlewell was my father, and Jack and Isobel were his parents. My dad used to ride Red Comet I vaguely remember going to watch him when I was very small. As for Isobel her readings both tea leaves and cards were always rather ambiguous
Denis Marshall Pickles
Friday, January 2, 2015 12:03
Red Comet! I can close my eyes and see the horse trotting round that field at the end of Eastburn Lane at a fair old lick, usually to win the event in which it was entered. Does anyone remember for how long those trotting races were held? It cannot have been for long. Maybe for no more than two or three years just after the war. And does my memory serve me correctly? Did Derek Birtwhistle ride the horse occasionally?
Richard Kettlewell
Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:58
Hi Denis my father was still riding 1951/2 as far as I know harness racing with sulkies is still quite popular, I lived in New Zealand for a while in the 80's and it was very big over there.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Sunday, January 11, 2015 19:59
Hi Richard - Yes - harness racing is still popular in New Zealand and they are proud of both pacer and trotters... Where were you in New Zealand? I was there for 35years, beautiful country.!
As you are probably aware I have lost touch with most extended family having been overseas since 1961, but it is great to see names like yours pop up.
This is a great forum for folks like me.
David Laycock
Melbourne Australia
Monday, January 12, 2015 02:53
Hi all, Yes trotting is going stong here in Aus, and there is a strong rivalry between the Kiwis in the Interdominion races. Bit like the Melbourne Cup of harness racing watered down quite a bit, all sulkys, as Brenda said pacers and trotters.
Richard Kettlewell
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 18:57
Hi Brenda I lived in a village just outside Henderson ( now called Waitemata City) called Waitakere. I lived there from1980 to 1990.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 19:43
And a spectacular spot it is too - I lived the other side - Kohimarama and then Birkenhead but know the Waitakere's well after 35years in the area

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