War artefacts and historic film footage to be displayed

War memorabilia and artefacts will be going on display in shops as the build up to the first ever Brighouse 1940’s weekend gathers pace.

The Harrison Lord Gallery on Bradford Road, Brighouse, has created a themed display for the weekend with contributions from members of the public.

One of the contributors is Stuart Black, from Clifton, who stumbled upon two gas masks and other 1940’s objects.

“I first found the gas masks when I was clearing out the belongings of a friend who died in the 1980s,” said Mr Black.

“I had totally forgotten about them until I found them again in April this year.

“The gas masks are both in very good condition as if they had just been handed out a few days ago.

“All I have done is give them a bit of a clean around the eyes.”

Both still have their original bags they were kept in and both are dated. The smaller mask being made on May 15, 1941 and the other with a 1941 production mark on it.

Also on show is a water flask that Mr Black has donated which was used by his brother in 1942 when he served in the Royal Air Force.

A 1940’s comic called The Wizard will be on view for people to look at after it was contributed by Robin Dance

Historic movie footage featuring Brighouse and Rastrick band will be shown for the first time in the Overgate Hospice shop window in Bethel Street.

Movietone, the international cinema newsreel that ran from 1929 to 1979 in the UK, has given permission for footage of the band marching through the town after winning the 1946 National Championships of Great Britain in London.

Also on display will be the actual bass drum used in the Movietone coverage along with other historical artefacts belonging to the band.

Laurence Smith, 82, who saw the footage was astonished to see himself on film as he was one of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade on duty that day at the age of 15.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw myself marching alongside the band on this magnificent footage. My heart nearly skipped a beat.

“How many other Brighouse residents will see someone they recognise?”

B&R will be performing a concert Central Methodist Church at 7.15pm on June 1. Tickets from Graham Ward on 01484 712355 or from Ryecorn Wholefoods on Bethel Street.
l See next week’s Echo for lots of great 1940s special features!