WHEN DAD MET DAVID NIVEN
ADDED 9 FEBRUARY 2007
the remarks made by Norman Blackburn in the February 2007 issue of the
Pontefract Digest magazine.
father was the licensee of the Horse Vaults from about mid-1944 until
the early 1950s.
elected onto Pontefract Council in the 1920s and served continuously
until it was absorbed by the Wakefield Metropolitan Council. He was, so
I am told, the longest serving member of the council, although it has
never been acknowledged.
serving in the R.A.F. he would attend council meetings when home on
leave. He was made an Alderman, a Freeman, and became father of the
council. He was stationed on an operational fighter station during the
war and it was on this station where the opening and closing scenes of
the film ‘Birth of a Spitfire / First of the Few’ were filmed. That was
when Dad met David Niven, but I think I mentioned that in my article.
Mayor of Pontefract on two occasions; the first in 1949/50 and then
again in 1971/72. On this last occasion I filmed the Mayors Church
Parade and the Mayors Banquet on 8mm cine film. This is still held by my
niece. It was mentioned in the Express at the time. On the first
occasion he acted as mayor he officially opened the Valley Gardens!
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