Friday, 26 December 2014

Longridge Boxing Day Pram Race 2014

Another Boxing Day, another Pram Race! Despite the dull skies, the rain kept away and the teams set off in front of big crowds. Spare a thought for the poor young woman car driver who was inconvenienced, she decided to drive out of a side road in Derby Road. She found herself stuck behind stationary prams at a Pub Stop! 'Oh dear, how sad, never mind'. as the Sgt Major used to say in the It Ain't Half Hot Mum television series. Here's a few snaps:

Monday, 4 August 2014

A Longridge Casualty of the First World War

A photographic portrait of a First World War soldier has been identified as being of a Longridge casualty. Private James Smith died on 29 April 1918 aged 21. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing in Belgium. In the 1911 Census, his occupation is listed as 'Wheelwright and Joiners assistant'. He lived with his parents, Henry and Mary Smith at No. 5 Isabella Street, Longridge.

A exhibition of First World War memorabilia, including Private Smith's portrait (below) is currently on display at Longridge Library. More information on the Tyne Cot Memorial can be found HERE

No. 5 Isabella Street, Longridge 2014
War Grave Registers were produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on a cemetery-by-cemetery or memorial-by-memorial basis, and eventually ran to 1,500 volumes. They contain an entry for each individual, with details of their rank, regiment, unit and date of death. Many of the entries also include additional information such as next of kin details.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Longridge Pram Race 2012

The 2012 Longridge Pram Race is underway. HD Video will be published later today.

Among the early starters was this Crucifixion Group. Don't they know it's Christmas?

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Longridge Dawn

Dawn in Longidge was Brown and Cream this morning. I am not sure why that should be but it was strangely beautiful. Here was the view across to Mellor taken by the southern end of the Show Ground. Click on the image for a larger view.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

1950s Exhibition

I have just returned from a visit to the 1950s exhibition at the Longridge Heritage Centre. It was wonderful and certainly stirred a lot of memories for me. Mr Pastry, the early television and details of that wonderful children's programme - Rag, Tag and Bobtail. Those were the days!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

School Plaque!

A plaque on the churchyard wall down Happy Alley (now Chapel Brow) records:

"A School erected by privat Contributions for a public good 1731"

I can't help thinking how things have changed!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Longridge Crafters- We Have Lift Off!

All right, why are these two looking so happy? It's because they have just cut the ribbon across the entrance to the workshop area of Oh Sew Crafty - Cathy Reid's brilliant new craft and sewing shop that opened in Longridge this morning. Click on the photos for a larger view!


The workshop area, beyond, is where Cathy intends to host Crafting courses where you can lean new skills

A justifiably emotional Cathy Reid (below, left) welcomed Longridge residents who packed themselves into the shop when it opened this morning at 68 Berry Lane.

Two potential customers paid close attention to what goods were on offer