Billy Blacksmith of Barrowford

Billy Blacksmith of Barrowford Published in Countryman magazine August 2011 Whenever I think of William Henry Whitaker, aka Billy Blacksmith, one of my strongest memories of this burly jocular man is of him reading our newspaper, but we took his evening visits in our stride because, as a staunch Yorkshire man, he derived great pleasure…

The Morris Eight

Maggie B Dickinson –¬†Published in Best of British June 2014 In 1951 five of us squeezed into a tiny 1934 Morris Eight.¬† Its registration was AKA 738 and the suspension was wicked.¬† None of our neighbours owned a car and, considering few travelled more than the thirty-odd miles to Blackpool for their Wakes Week, they…