the reference to the pink ‘un and the green ‘un in the Digest
magazine, stirred memories of my schooldays. My father, a haulage
contractor based in Tanshelf, Pontefract, had the job of collecting the evening
papers from Castleford railway station from Monday to Friday. He had a
big Ford V8 30hp saloon and I had to dash from school at Kings School
and go with him to collect the papers. We dropped them off at various
newsagents in the town. One was between the Alec and the Premier picture
house, another just above Dunhill’s offices and the rest we dropped
off in Beastfair.
sometimes happened that the car was not available so we used one of the
Fordson Thames 5-ton flat lorries and I had to ride on the back and
throw off the bundles of newspapers at the various stops.
there was not a driver available so my dad had an arrangement with South
Yorkshire Motors to ‘borrow’ a driver from them. They used to send a
young mechanic and he was a bit reckless. The car being a powerful one,
he used to put his foot down hard. He did it once too often and lost
control bear the Railway Bridge near Parkside Farm. The car spun round
and round and ended going backwards under the bridge and finished on the
grass verge pointing back towards Pontefract.
of us was injured and the car survived for many years after that but
they never sent that particular driver again!
above car was a maid of all work. As well as a family car it was hired
out for weddings and my mother covered all the seats with white sheets
and bedecked it with white ribbons. Young men would often hire it for
the evening to impress their girlfriends! It was also used to tow in
lorries that had broken down (no Green Flag in those days) Sometimes it
was even pressed into service to tow gang mowers around Pontefract
Cricket Field at the beginning of the season.
Letters Page ] [ Next> ]