Memories of the coopers who worked at Tetley's Brewery

These photos raise a glass to the workers who were part of Leeds's rich brewing heritage.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 4:30 pm
PIC: West Yorkshire Archive Service
PIC: West Yorkshire Archive Service

They turn the focus on coopers - trained to make wooden casks and barrels - at Tetley's Brewery in Hunslet during the the spring of 1960.

The first photo dates back to May 1960 and shows a coopering apprentice celebrates the completion of his time at Tetleys. The photograph shows the apprentice in the barrel with work colleague around him. The traditional practice was to burn the shavings from the apprentices last barrel mix it up intoa soup with water and pour it over the apprentice after putting him in the barrel which was then rolled and spun round.

The second shows coopers posing for a photograph to celebrate an apprentices coming of age and the completion of his time with Tetleys.

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PIC: West Yorkshire Archive Service

Both photos are published courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, which collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region dating from the 12th century to the present day - more than 800 years of local history. It also runs Catablogue, an online blog dedicated to preserving the past, serving the present and protecting the future.

DO YOU HAVE A CONNECTION TO TETLEY'S BREWERY? Email your memories to Andrew Hutchinson at: [email protected] or tweet him - @AndyHutchYPN**************************

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