Fifty Years On


January 1964 and the Beatles were top of the charts with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’...much excitement for Greetland Dante’s 69 Youth Club because their 5-a-side football team had reached the West Riding finals stage of ‘The People’ competition. The Eagles played teams from York, Leeds and Huddersfield at Armley Baths Ballroom and the matches were shown on ITV! A great achievement for a club totalling 40 members.


Elland’s Anglican Young People’s Association were staging their annual pantomime and ‘Little Miss Muffet’ received an excellent review in the Courier. The production toured Halifax, Greetland and Baliffe Bridge besides the performances at the Parochial Hall. Trevor Wood, who also produced the show, played King William; Jennifer Armitage sang well as Princess Madeleine and was well matched by Helen Crowther as the tailor’s apprentice. Christine Ellis brought a nice touch of humour to the role of widow Mrs Ippy and there was a skittish horse, played by Geoffrey Wood and Keith Beswick. Kathryn Poe gave a confident performance in the title role. Donald Haigh was pianist. In the best traditions of panto children were invited onto the stage, which led to a ‘snowball’ fight between cast and audience.


Elland Baths Club were beaten 8-7 by York, after two periods of extra time, for the Yorkshire Water Polo League Championship at Woodside Baths, Halifax. Elland had an experimental side for the match with players covering unfamiliar positions. The team was composed of Binns (4 goals), Cocker, Heald, Lynch (1), Robertshaw (2) & Rushworth; Jenkins was brought in during extra time.


The Elland Youth Festival Queen competition was in full swing. After an elimination round at Boxhall the original 30 competitors had been reduced to 12 finalists – Elaine Taylor, Corrine Knox, Christine Upton, Dianne Barber (representing Girls’ Life Brigade), Hazel Ackroyd (Youth Centre), Sandra Dell (Red Cross), Lynda Maxfield (AYPA), Jean Clegg, Margaret Wild, Barbara Jowett, Lucy Gregory & Ann Broadbent (Dante’s 69 Club). The final was due to take place at St. Paul’s Sunday School during Youth Festival Week.


The district’s newest club – Holywell Green Youth Club – opened this month. No longer would the youngsters have to wait for the hourly bus to Elland to join in youth activities. Already the Club had 50 members and given this resounding success the leaders said that they may have to keep numbers down to 150 in the near future. The organiser Mr. Denton, headmaster of Holywell Green School, had firm opinions for the Club – ‘Instead of laying the emphasis on recreation, as most youth clubs do, we are for push activities. We believe that young people enjoy themselves more if they are doing something constructive. A jive and a twist are all very fine, but what have you got out of it in the end?’ Choir and badminton were planned for Monday, netball & cooking on Tuesday, recreation on Wednesday, football & needlework on Thursday. John Priestley, Holywell Green teacher and captain of the Kagan Textiles football team was the coach.



David J. Glanfield

Greater Elland Historical Society






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