PONTEFRACT FLYING CLUB
ADDED 8 FEBRUARY 2006
have been a postal subscriber to the Pontefract Digest for a number of
months now and a former resident of the Borough from 1949 to 1984 and
felt it time I contributed to an excellent publication so I am attaching
a couple of photos and scans of documents you might find interesting.
The photo in the centre, above, shows members of The Pontefract and
Castleford Model Flying Club of which my father Alfred (Bill) Brook was
a member in the early 1950's. The club met in the Community Centre,
Pontefract and, as I now believe, regularly flew their planes in
Pontefract Park. My father is 7th from the left at the back, known to
some as Alf and others as Bill. (His real name was Alfred Evans Brook
but 'Bill' was a family pet name which he used throughout his life
alongside Alf. This often led at times to some confusion as work
colleagues may have known him as Bill whilst friends knew him as Alf or
The other two scans above show two of his membership cards; one for 1950
and the other for 1954.
My father was also enrolled into the West Riding County Auxiliary Fire
Service on the 11th September 1951 and posted to Pontefract Fire
Station. He had to report to Assistant Divisional Officer Potts, who was
the Officer in Charge at Pontefract at that time, for training and the
issue of his uniform and equipment.
photograph above in the centre shows my father Alf (Bill) Brook (AFS No. 10151) as a
member of the Winning Crew in the Auxiliary Fire Service Trailer Pump
Drill on the 29th August 1953 at the Annual Fire Appliance Competitions
held at South Elmsall. My father is on the right at the back row.
image above left, shows the Diploma which he was awarded. Notice the name is
wrong being 'William Brook' but I suppose it would be a common mistake
to assume that someone who went by the nickname of Bill may well be
served until the early 1960's by which time he was a Sub-Officer and one
of his last major duties was to be invited to attend and act as Usher on
the occasion of the visit of HRH The Princess Royal to present the Fire
Brigade Long Service and good Conduct Medals at Wakefield on Saturday
24th June 1961. The image above right is a scan of his invitation to this event.
ted (at) ebrook.wanadoo.co.uk
8 February 2006
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