Fond memories in photographic form

Alma Nicholson - Featherstone calendar
Alma Nicholson - Featherstone calendar

FOND memories of Featherstone’s past are bought to life in a calendar celebrating the town’s history. Creators Ian Dransfield and Tony Lumb have been collecting photographs for the calendar’s 27th edition, which according to town historian, Mr Dransfield, is already flying off the shelves.

He said: “I’m getting comments from people it’s the best one we’ve ever done. People always say its good, but they think there’s some cracking pictures in it this year.”

Roundabout - Featherstone calendar

Roundabout - Featherstone calendar

Cherry-picked photographs this year include January’s offering, featuring Mr Dransfield’s good friend Alma Nicholson, who ran Hargreaves Butchers with her husband Ken.

February’s shot depicts “a real Romany” – a lady called Mrs Adams who lived in a caravan behind Featherstone Hotel.

June shows a playful summertime scene where children took turns on a travelling roundabout. Mr Dransfield, 69, said: “The roundabout picture is unusual because this chap used to go around with this merry-go-round and shout ‘rags a ride!’

“Instead of taking money off them he took their old rags. He used to have a big handle which he hand pumped to spin it round.”

November’s snap shows proud members of Featherstone’s fireman and their horse-drawn engine and even includes Mr Dransfield’s grandfather, John Roberts.

Mr Dransfield, of Nunns Lane, said: “Last year we sold 500 copies, and we frequently send them all over the world.

“People can’t wait, it goes to Australia, New Zealand and America. People buy them and send them as Christmas presents.”

Mr Dransfield and Mr Lumb would like to thanks all those who contributed pictures. Calendars cost £3.99 and are available from Dransfield’s shop (John Gray) on Station Lane. Alternatively, they can be mail ordered by calling Mr Dransfield on 01977 792281.