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Chicken with fruit and ale

When you think of a drink accompaniment to food it’s natural to reach for a bottle of wine.

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L to R: Tracie Kendall 7, Matthew Ormer 4, Rachel Orme 6 and Natalie Clarke 9.

Echoes of the past: Fundraising for Children in Need

These four top fundraisers were out helping to raise £2000 at the old Tesco Supermarket store in Briggate almost 25 years ago.

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The town pump in what is now Thornton Square

Echoes of the past: The end of Brighouse’s town pump

Today, we all take for granted being able to turn on our kitchen or bathroom taps and as if by magic the water appears.

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Classic board game Monopoly is getting an overhaul this year

Iconic Monopoly pieces face the boot - you could have emoji, dinosaur, duck and penguin as replacements

Traditional Monopoly pieces are facing the axe - but you can vote on what you'd like to see in their place.
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Rev Philip Cooper and wife Janet Ben, Hannah, and Baby Joshua in1994

Echoes of the past: Fond fairwell at Lower Wyke Moravian Church

This photograph dated December 1994 is what the photographer has described as a ‘Fond Farewell’ image.

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Watt Studios celebrated a great year with an open day to show what they have to offer

Watt Studios celebrates its first anniversary

Watt Studios in Brighouse celebrated its first anniversary with an open day inviting guests to sample what it has to offer.

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These are students from Clifton St Johns school 1949/50

Echoes of the past: The mystery of the school photo is solved

Happy New Year to everyone. Well, last week’s mystery photograph certain prompted a few readers to contact me. The initial answer was that it was possibly Longroyd School at Rastrick but then what turned out to be from an old friend of Looking Back.

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The name Blakeboroughs of Brighouse was known throughout the world

Echoes of the past: The history of Blakeborough’s of Brighouse

When it came to valves for fluid control the name of Blakeborough’s of Brighouse was known throughout the world. From its 1828 humble beginnings in Brighouse town centre, in the cellar of what is now the new Direct2Mum shop at 2 Bradford Road. It grew into a 15 acre site in River Street off Birds Royd lane, Brighouse and employed over 1200 people, many from the town itself.

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Do you recognise anyone form this Christmas photo?

Echoes of the past: Do you recognise anyone from this photo?

I am going to close 2016 with this mystery photograph. Taken at Christmas time, but where is it and what year was it taken?

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Houses on Deep Lane in Clifton in the 1960s

Echoes of the past: Newly built houses following World War Two

After the Second World War the borough council decided it was time to build some houses fit for the heroes returning from war torn Europe.

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A delightfully light way to finish off your meal ...

A delightfully light way to finish off your meal ...

And here to finish the meal is a decorative lemon posset - an ideal light end to your meal.

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A round of applause for the ultimate star of the show ...

A round of applause for the ultimate star of the show ...

A forerib of beef is the star of any dinner party.

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Children riding a Brighouse Co-operative open backed wagon

Echoes of the past: It’s almost the end of another year

Well, almost another year over, 2016 has been my 31st year of reminiscing and bring back memories of our town’s past for you. It only seems like yesterday when I made my first contribution, but that was in January 1986. Over the years I have received countless letters, telephone calls and e-mails from many local people, as well as many others who now live both far beyond the Brighouse boundary and abroad often asking for help in tracing ancestors, old photographs of their home or deceased relatives or they just want to share a tale or a memory with me.

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Lightcliffe greetings card

Echoes of the past: Are all of these sights really in Lightcliffe?

Greetings from Lightcliffe .... This multi-view card is the kind of postcard that is still widely available on holiday.

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Cheeky cauli & cheese soup

Cheeky cauli & cheese soup

Throughout the year Alasdair Nunn and Rachel Berry who together form Halifax catering company RachAls Kitchen have been giving up the secrets of their food in a series of recipe columns.

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Top of Police Road (now Lawson Road) at its junction with King Street

Echoes of the past: The same street but with different names

They are both the same street, although they have different names. The older of the two is during the 1950s and the photographer is standing at the top of Police Street (now Lawson Road) at its junction with King Street.

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Winter on Laverlock Lane 25 years ago in February 1991

Echoes of the past: When was the last time snow fell on Christmas Day?

When was the last time there was snow on Christmas Day? According to one website it was 2010. That is a year I, and no doubt many others will like to forget.No, not just because of the snow, but the freezing temperatures at night that were so low it froze the water outlet pipe on many condensing boiler systems. I was one of those and could not find any pipe lagging for miles around. ‘Once bitten twice shy’, as the saying goes, I already have mine just in case. Although the weather forecasters say the chances of snow this Christmas Day are very low. .... but they have been known to get it wrong sometimes.This snowy scene dates back to February 1991- 25 years ago. With children and parents making their way to school, judging by the bags they are carrying.

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The 1904 Christmas card from Henry Sugden

Echoes of the past: How far back does the Christmas card date

I received my first Christmas card two days into December from an old colleague from work. He should have received mine by now via the postal system.

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Great Yorkshire break: Comfort and joy at the Falcon Manor, Settle

Great Yorkshire break: Comfort and joy at the Falcon Manor, Settle

There’s something wonderfully comforting and uplifting about driving through those rolling hills of North Yorkshire that are “the Dales”.

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Sir Douglas Alexander. Nostalgia.

Douglas Alexander, teacher who became boss of the world’s biggest sewing machine company

A hundred years ago a Hipperholme man was president of the Singer Manufacturing Company, the world-famous sewing machine producer.

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