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

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Have Booth's Lost It?

I always liked shopping at Booth's supermarket - especially at the friendly Clitheroe branch. I never particularly liked their Longridge store which I thought second rate. However, Booth's at Longridge has recently been refurbished and extended.

Reading an online article about 'Store Wars', this morning, I noticed the following:

On the shop floor, Booths plan to emphasise the differences between themselves and Waitrose. “Our customers perceive us as a large deli or self-service grocery store, so we’re differentiating ourselves by re-engineering the brand to express ‘the human touch,’ “ explains Edwin Booth. “We are dropping the word supermarket from the logo, modernising the type face and making it colourful.”

I hadn't noticed the word supermarket was gone but I had noticed that the signs boards were now in Funereal Black instead of the previous Mock Maroon. Anyway, standing in the checkout queue this morning, I noticed there was only one shopping separator on each till - you know, the plastic divider that keeps people's shopping separate to the person's behind.

I asked the young assistant why there was only one? 'Dunno!' she said. Is there a reason for it, I asked? 'Dunno!' came the repeat reply. At least she didn't utter 'Dunno, innit!' It gave me immense satisfaction when she asked whether the huge pile of shopping next to mine was . . . mine! It wasn't.

As I was leaving, I asked an older assistant where I could find the manager. She asked if she could help and I told her what had happened. Eureka! It seems that the dividers kept falling down the side of the till and can't be reached! They don't know when they will get replacements, if at all. Ho, hum!