A picture perfect day of nostalgia for people from east Leeds

Youngsters having fun in the late 1940s at East End Park.
Youngsters having fun in the late 1940s at East End Park.
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People from east Leeds can take a trip down memory lane at a major photographic event being held next month.

More than 400 photos will be on display at Edmund House Club, on Pontefract Lane in East End Park, on Wednesday, December 9.

The photos give a fascinating insight into life in ‘old east Leeds’ – effectively Cross Green, East End Park and Richmond Hill down to the city centre – during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and onwards.

Many of the images show events associated with the Leeds Parish Church Market District Boys’ Club.

Other pictures are of unusual items such as an iron drinking cup and water tap on Snake Lane.

Well-remembered characters like greengrocer Harry Farnhill and the Showstoppers entertainment troupe from St Hilda’s Church feature as well.

One of the organisers of the event, Graham Hawkridge, 81, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “There is always a lot of interest when we display the pictures.

“The whole area has changed such a lot and people like to look back at places from their younger days that are no longer there.”

Edmund House secretary Adele Kendrew said: “We had a smaller part of the collection on show in our lounge last month and it was a massive success.

“My dad even spotted himself aged 14 in a rugby team line-up when he came in!

“The full exhibition will be in our main concert room and we’re hoping it will be even more popular.”

December 9’s event gets under way at 2pm and admission is free.

The day’s proceedings will also include a quiz and a spread of food is being laid on for visitors.

For further information, ring Edmund House Club on 0113 293 0420.

The venue recently played host to an annual reunion for people from across east Leeds that attracted more than 300 attendees.

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