Sitting out in the garden on a summer’s day and watching the world go by

Richard Thorp opens Sandholme Fold Patio - 6 June 1992
Richard Thorp opens Sandholme Fold Patio - 6 June 1992

Little else beats being able to sit out in the garden or on a patio on a glorious summer’s day, listening and watching the world go by as you sit back with a cool drink or a nice cup of tea.

It was in the early 1990s that Sandholme Fold at Hipperholme needed somewhere for the residents of what was a new Anchor Housing residential home to sit out and enjoy the summer sun.

Sandholme Fold digging out for new patio - 8 February 1992

Sandholme Fold digging out for new patio - 8 February 1992

In this photograph dated February 1992 the machine from Cowen Plant Hire, a Bailiff Bridge based company, moved in to make the all important start.

This is obviously to the delight of the on-lookers.

Four months later it was all finished, and on June 6 the actor Richard Thorp, who was well known for his many acting roles in a career dating back to 1955. attended to do the honours by cutting the ribbon.

It was, however, his role as Alan Turner in Emmerdale, where he played the part for 30 years, that he is best remembered.

I am not sure how he arrived at Sandholme Fold that day. He was known in acting circles, particularly among the younger members of the Emmerdale cast, as the coolest guy on a Harley (Harley Davidson motorcycle).

I remember the day he attended an event held at Dews Garage (Brighouse) in the 1990s and roared onto the garage forecourt on his Harley.

While he certainly made an impression on everyone as a most likeable person. It was certainly his motorcycle that drew the attention of male members of the crowds attending the event that day.