Old pals set for day of nostalgia in east Leeds

Market District Boys' Club had a weekly bath in the 1920s for lads whose homes had no mod cons.
Market District Boys' Club had a weekly bath in the 1920s for lads whose homes had no mod cons.
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Hundreds of Leeds residents are set to roll back the years at one of the city’s biggest reunion events.

Around 300 people are expected at the get-together, which will take place at Edmund House Club on Pontefract Lane, East End Park, next Tuesday, November 1.

The annual reunion began life about 25 years ago as a gathering of a few pals who used to attend Leeds Parish Church Market District Boys’ Club.

Many of those making their way to Edmund House next week will have grown up in the LS9 postcode area in the 1940s and 1950s, with communities like Cross Green, Richmond Hill and East End Park among those that should be well represented.

There is also expected to be a significant number of former pupils from schools such as Ellerby Lane, St Hilda’s, Mount St Mary’s and All Saints.

One of the organisers, Eric Allen, from Whitkirk, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “People really seem to look forward to the event every year.

“They say they like coming along and maybe catching up with old friends they haven’t seen for a long time.

“It’s amazing to think how it has grown from when it was first held.”

The enduring popularity of the reunions has led to the publication of books containing stories and pictures which have been purchased by former Leeds residents living in countries as far afield as Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Exhibitions of photos giving an insight into life in east Leeds in the first half of the 20th century have also been held at Cross Gates Shopping Centre.

Next week’s reunion event is free and gets under way at midday. For further information, ring Eric Allen on 0113 264 7529.

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