Send in your snaps ahead of sixties weekend

Des Culpan
Des Culpan

Brighouse folk have been getting in touch to share their memories ahead of the town’s first ever 1960s weekend.

The Brighouse Business Initiative will be holding the event to tie in with the annual spring market on April 23 and 24.

Ernie Day 20 & Yvonne Hoyle 19.'Bridlington August 1963.

Ernie Day 20 & Yvonne Hoyle 19.'Bridlington August 1963.

A Beatles tribute act will be giving a concert on Saturday, April 23 and over the weekend the music of well know groups and soloists will resound around the town centre.

After we asked for people to send in their snaps, Ernie Day sent us a picture of him and his wife Yvonne from the summer of 1963 on a Lambretta scooter outside the guest house they stayed in on holiday in Bridlington.

Ernie was 20 at the time and lived in Wyke, while Yvonne was 19 and lived in Lightcliffe.

Ernie said: “We first met on the late night bus from Halifax to Leeds and I wrote to Yvonne on February 10 asking for a date. I’m pleased to say she agreed and we went to the Ritz cinema on our first date.

Ernie Day & Yvonne Hoyle

Ernie Day & Yvonne Hoyle

“I was educated at Grange Grammar School and then served an apprenticeship as a television and radio engineer. Yvonne was educated at Stead’s Commercial College, Brighouse, and worked for Halifax Borough Treasurers.

“We were only allowed to go on holiday together because the owners of the guest house were friends of my parents. The conditions were that we had separate rooms on separate floors.

“We had a great time. As you can see we had enough luggage to equip us for anything the British weather could throw at us.

“On July 24, 1965 we were married at St Matthews Church, Lightcliffe and celebrated our golden wedding anniversary last year.”

Des Culpan, of Burnside Avenue in Shelf, sent us a picture of him from the 60s when he and Jeff Lumb, from the Field Lane estate in Rastrick, sang in various places around Brigouse under the name of Spy n Kop.

Des now plays golden oldies every Sunday from 3pm to 8pm at The Commercial on Gooder Lane in Brighouse.

We want you to share your stories and pictures from the 1960s like Yvonne and Ernie and Des, so send your snaps to