PONTEFRACT BOATS FOR BENTLEY FLOODS
ADDED 5 OCTOBER 2007
Earlier this evening I was typing out an article
that had been published in the Pontefract Advertiser on 28th May
1932, describing the
floods in Pontefract and the surrounding district that year. It
got me thinking about the floods experienced in several areas of the
country earlier this year, notably the ones at Toll Bar and Bentley.
Imagine my surprise part way through typing up the article to find a
mention of Bentley and a description of the severe floods
experienced there back in 1932 - almost 75 years to the day of those
dreadful scenes back in June of this year.
Did you know that in May 1932, a request was received in Pontefract
for the loan of boats from Pontefract Park Lake to assist in the
rescue of 600 marooned families in Bentley and for use in carrying
supplies to them? 12 boats from the Park Lake were duly despatched
on the back of four lorries.
Quite a number of very interesting articles, reproduced in their
entirety, have now been published on the Pontefract website, thanks
to the loan of a collection of articles by Mr. John Holmes.
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