Born in 1905 at 21 Bar Lane Riddlesden. Went to Riddlesden C of E school. I think he passed to go to…
Born in 1905 at 21 Bar Lane Riddlesden. Went to Riddlesden C of E school. I think he passed to go to Grammar School but wanted to go to work. So at 14 he started work at Judson and Hudsons an engineering firm in Street. He was working in the office under a man called Harold Smith who was very good to him. Norman went to night school and passed exams in Book keeping and He also had singing lessons from . He entered local Music Festivals and won prizes for his singing. His father Fred played the harmonium at Riddlesden Methodist church (later to be called Ilkley Road methodist church) Norman met Doris as she passed by J & H on her way to work as a mender. They married in 1931 at Wesley Place Methodist Church. Sister Annie was one of the bridesmaids. They bought a house 6 Southlands Mount and lived there for all their lives. Norman became Choirmaster at the chapel and also a trustee. He regularly conducted Handel's Messiah. He always sang "The Trumpet Shall Sound". He had a lovely baritone voice. On Good Friday he would conduct either Stainer's "Crucifixion" or Olivet to Calvary by He played cricket for Morton Banks who played in a field just below East Riddlesden Hall. He was a good wicket keeper and batsman being recorded as scoring 101 not out in a cup match in the West Bradford league. He always went away on holiday saying that he worked 50 weeks a year he was going to have 2 weeks holiday. When his children were young the family went to Fileystaying in Station Road with Miss Dixon There we took all our food and Miss Dixon cooked it for us. It must have been soon after the war when there was still rationing. Often Fred and Rebecca would also go to Filey and sometimes Annie would come for a few days. In about 1956 Norman pulled a muscle in his leg playing cricket parents against the Youth Club. His whole leg was black and blue and he had sun-ray treatment on it. This probably caused a clot in his blood which could have been the cause of his death. He collapsed conducting the "Crucifixion" on Good Friday 1961 and died a few hours later.