Let’s do the show right here

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THE annual concert has always been a highlight of the school year and this event, captured on film in July, 1967, was no exception.

Photographs of school events inariably feature the performers but in these two pictures the expectant audience is in the spotlight, too.

The concert was at Woodhouse Primary School which was officially opened later that year by Councillor Mrs Mona Mitchell and originally consisted of 14 classrooms, a school hall, swimming pool and separate play areas for infants and juniors. The school has moved on a lot since those early days. Now it even has its own radio station.

If you are not familiar with Woodhouse FM have a look at the school website www.woodhouse.calderdale.sch.uk

The onsite radio station is operated by members of Year Five and Year Six – and a great job they do, too.

These children in today’s pictures would probably be oblivious to the fact that a major road construction scheme was about to start – a road that would become part of their later adult lives, or at least the quickest route to Manchester Airport when taking a summer holiday overseas!

The summer of 1967 saw the builders of the M62 reach what was arguably their most difficult section of construction. This was the six-and-threequarter-mile section from Outlane to Windy Hill near the Lancashire border.

Brighouse was changing in the 60s – the Co-op Café on King Street closed which is now the first floor above M&Co and was reopened as the Kingsway Bingo club.

Another change in this period was the amendments to the gambling laws which meant that the casino at the Ritz became illegal.

However, although this aspect of the club closed it re-emerged as the Tropicana Night Club which provided late night drinking and food with cabaret shows. This club also saw a few national variety stars make appearances while on their northern club circuit tours. During the early 1970s it was also used for staging professional boxing matches.

Meanwhile, on with the concert!