In those austere post war rationing days the question being asked was: ‘What will the future now bring?’
Ever the optimist my grandmother would often ask me: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up? I am sure many readers would have been asked that same question.
Back in the 50s lads would give the typical reply for that time - fireman, policeman, engine driver or may be a pilot.
We can’t leave the girls out. For them it would be perhaps a nurse, teacher, air hostess or maybe a hairdresser.
Of course the answers may have varied depending on the age you were asked. For the younger boys and girls being a famous actor or actress would be certainly something to dream of.
If being an actor was not forthcoming for the lads then a cowboy could be second best or even to play in the same team as Stanley Matthews.
Whatever their answers would have been they all certainly wanted a dog like Lassie.
This week’s group of school children are in Class one at St Andrew’s School, Brighouse. Now I wonder if any of these children when asked did say they wanted to be a nurse and in later years achieved that wish?
This photograph was taken in 1981 and life has moved on a lot since then. If these ladies are still around they will now be approaching their fortieth birthday.