Program 10: Making the perfect black

Dennis tells us about working at the dyeworks in Prestwich Clough during the last few weeks of its operation in the 1950s. He tells us how the man in the bowler hat was devastated by its closure. Having been a major contributor to the economy of Prestwich, it really marks the demise of the industrial revolution in the North-West. In particular, he tells us about working at the stenter machine. He explains how the word ‘tenterhooks’ originates from the dyeing industry. Fabrics were once dried in the open fields (tenter fields) on a tenter frame. His nephew, John (whose mother also worked at the dyeworks), tells a story about a worker at the Prestwich dyeworks that ‘temporarily’ discovered the recipe for the perfect black dye.
(Recorded at All Saints Church in Whitefield. Runtime 8 minutes 48 seconds)

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Program 09: Sorting out the morning papers

Betty tells us of her recollections of owning and running the newsagents at Besses o’ th’ Barn with her brother before the construction of the M60 motorway in 1970. The interview took place at All Saints Church in Whitefield with organ music playing in the background and many people exhibiting photos of Whitefield and Besses of the past.

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Program 08: What became of a boy in the class photo?

Do you ever wonder what happened to your classmate? In this audio interview we found out what became of one of the classmates that appeared in the photo celebrating the Queen’s Coronation photo on 2nd June 1953. The class of St Mary’s School (the National) in Prestwich have undoubtedly taken many different paths. Barry explains how his own wanderlust began with an exchange trip involving a German boy. It opened his eyes to a new language and perhaps more tellingly a fascination for ‘counting’ in other languages. Wandsbek, a borough of Hamburg, gave Barry the first taste of foreign travel. Eventually he chose to reside in the US pursuing a career in another type of exchange….foreign currency exchange.

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Program 07: Dog-walkers’ get-together

 

We visit the back garden of Sue, meeting her dog walking friends Helen and Ali, listening to their reflections about Prestwich Clough, Greater Manchester.  The message seems to be – rescue dogs bring joy to many people’s lives.

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