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Your first crush

Come on, spill the beans. Who was she? How old were you? Where is she now? Or maybe it was a he, and that's fine too... Mine was Pat North. She went south.

Re: Your first crush

Allan, nobody seems to have taken you up on this. Perhaps we are all aware that middle-aged women may stray onto this website and recoil with horror when they find out who had a childhood fancy for them.
So, to encourage others, I'll go next - Arlene Sorton (a primary school classmate). No idea what happened to her. Mind you, that is a situation replicated a few times in adult life.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Your first crush

Brave man, Shaun. Wonder if there'll be any more takers? Worth noting that anyone here worried about being spotted by middle-aged crushees, will have been guilty of underage fancying.

Re: Your first crush

Indeed Allan. I was just trying to employ a little chivalry (for a change).

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Your first crush

Seeing this post title, I assumed it was to do with one's first entry from the school yard into the bowels of the school and along the bottom corridor - being crushed and carried along by the horde of pimply adolescents.

My contribution - Julie Emmett - a classmate at Eastwood Infants back in 1946. I know she made it to KGGS - but beyond that not a word.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Your first crush

Elizabeth Mitchell - Haworth Primary School, she made it into KGGS, I migrated to Australia and managed to catch up with her again about 10 years ago via Friends Reunited

Current location (optional) Blue Mountains via Haworth

Re: Your first crush

Pauline Patterson was my first girlfriend at age 13, she came to Lund Park Youth Club and we had a good snog in the so called coffin room in the Sunday School building (PS I remember Arlene Shaun!)

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

My mother was always banging on to me "That nothing good ever came out of a pub"Advice at a time when the only exposure to the opposite sex was in one`s other family -the Church or Chapel.Today how does one meet the opposite sex?Also,I dare bet with the influence of the media one`s first girl-friend might happen in the First School! Personally , whilst waiting for the Fell Lane Bus outside Willis Walker`s at tea-time a young bus spotter watched a fully loaded KDB of KGGS flash past. Nirvana !

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1959-66

Current location (optional) Haworth

Re: Your first crush

I used to wash KDBs for KWY.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Your first crush

In my case "Old Age " crushees would be more appropriate. Anyway here goes. At Highfield School in the two years before the exam for the County Minor I sat next to Pamela Dinn.She is the only person I remember from my years at Highfield When I left to go to Grammar School she went on to the Girls Grammar . I never set eyes on her again . At the Grammar School 1945'ish we stood outside the Milk Bar opposite the Bus Station to watch the girls come in from Utley . Never did know the name of the girl i looked out for !
Remember one pea souper of a fog at 4pm in November a bus came past and we could see the windows lit up just but no real sign of the bus . Doesn't' happen now I think .

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Your first crush

I'm mortified that none of you have nominated me yet!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958 - 65

Current location (optional) Dudley, West Midlands

Re: Your first crush

Mike, had a look at Ancestry for your Pamela, but the only one I can find was Pamela Joan Dinn, born St Asaph in 1932, married a Joseph Starie in 1958, and died in Ealing 1986. (Another one was born in Liverpool 1944.)

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

My Pamela indeed ! The D.O.B. matches me so it could well be . Her father was the manager of the Keighley Baths so could have moved from St.Asaph to a new job . Very good of you to bother Brian , thanks . Mike

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Your first crush

Thats good Mike, will have a look for someone elses 'girl' when I have a minute.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Terry, would yours be Julie C Emmett b September 1941.Married Keith Hartley September 1966

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

And for Shaun, Arlene J Sorton b June 1947, married Brian Wood Q2 1966 and also appears to have married Howard Binns in Q2 1976. Unless there are two Arlene J Sortons !

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

For Allan, can only find a Pat North born in Halifax at right time, none in Keighley. A Patricia R North b Halifax June 1946 and (more likely) a Patricia A North b Halifax March 1947. A Patricia A North did get married in Keighley in 1969 to a Christopher Wilcock.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Well done! Probably the one who got married in Keighley then, Brian. Lucky old Christopher!

Re: Your first crush

Brian, it looks like you are now running a general service for the community, and one which gives an added dimension to our 'confessions' - mine is imminent... I had two first girl friends, couldn't make up my mind which one, and they were Joan Mitchell (6 November 1939, I think) and Jennifer Moss. The problem was resolved for me because Jennifer's parents moved elsewhere, and she was lost forever. My thing with Joan went on (and off, and on, and off) until I was around 14. She was still at KGGS but then, I think, left before taking GCEs. Curious to know what happened to them... but also to my best friend at KBGS (and Parkwood), Tony (Anthony) Barker (January 1940, I think), whom I've been hoping to find for years... Can you help? If not by looking them up yourself, by pointing me to the source of the information you've already provided for other friends in this thread.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Your first crush

Joan Mitchell born Keighley December 1939, mothers maiden name Croft. There are a few Joan Mitchells but the only one who married in Keighley was in 1957 (would have been aged 17) to a Malcolm Webb. Cant find a death so probably still alive.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Doug , cannot find a Jennifer Moss born in or around Keighley, in 1937-1941 period. Will look for your friend now.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Anthony Barker born Dec 1939 mothers maiden name Morton. Only marriage I can relate to him however is in 1981 (seems a bit late!) to an Ann Nesbitt. Cannot find a birth for Ann in Keighley area either. Found James Nesbitt born 1982 Leeds, with mothers maiden name Nesbitt, so he could have been a son.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Hello Doug. The name Joan Mitchell, rang a not-too-distant bell with me and one phone call by me confirmed that the now Joan Webb, is still very much alive and still living in Keighley. Joan was the middle daughter of three, whose father was Harry Mitchell, who had a bakery on Bradford Rd, 'Beeches', opposite the top end of Victoria Park. Her youngest sister, Phyllis, married a man called Barrie Myers who had a 'foam rubber' business in the same 'old mill yard' as my own business when I first started in 1980, and I am still in touch with him. I have spoken with Phyllis this evening and she confirmed the d.o.b. and the married surname. So, Doug, there we are! What a small world! David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Your first crush

Nice to know my research was accurate
On a general point as I have an ongoing Ancestry subscription, I would be happy to any look ups for anyone, provided I am not inundated !

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Many thanks Brian, and you too, David. The details you both provided were spot on. Again curiosity, but did Phyllis (whom I remember as a bespectacled 10 year-old) mention whether Rita, the oldest sister, was still alive, David?
I spent many cold, uncomfortable hours, hanging around the back door of that bakery, hoping that Joan might appear, even if just for a moment. I'd grown out of that sort of idolatry, however, by the time I got to 11!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Your first crush

Thanks, Brian.

Your assiduity does you proud.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Your first crush

Doug, Rita Mitchell b 1937, married Kenneth Narey in 1957. Cannot find any death entry for her. Kenneth was the son of John Narey (b 1915), who is my first cousin once removed. John was the son of my grandfathers sister. So I am distantly related to your Phyllis !!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

The world is definitely getting smaller, Brian! Having barely thought about Keighley for most of my adult life, I'm still quite bewildered to find that for the last ten years or so it has surprisingly moved back centre stage, as memory, but also as a place I am in or passing through more than just a few times each year. I have no intention of trying to contact any of these people - other than Tony Barker, if only I can locate him - but there is a curious sense of satisfaction at knowing that these people, who were so important in one's life at sometime or other, are still around. God knows why it should be so!

Once again, very many thanks.

doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Your first crush

Doug,

Newly added photograph in the miscellaneous section.
Go to page 3 and look at the 2nd photograph down

APPLES FROM CANADA !!
Several young ladies on the righthand side of the back row.

DO YOU RECALL THE 3rd FROM THE RIGHT BY ANY CHANCE ??

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1950-1955

Current location (optional) KEIGHLEY

Re: Your first crush

Thanks, Derek, but I too still have that photograph! But, didn't you, at one time, also have an interest in JM? Come on, now, confess!

Doug

Re: Your first crush

Never mind the girls. Check out some of the villains in short pants. There were a fair few of those (my senior) I kept the right side of.

Coincidentally, we had relatives on the Marston side who had emigrated to Canada in the depression and for a few years sent us a box of apples around Christmas in the '40s.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Your first crush

Like Eric Redman, Colin Murray and Walter Nixon, for example, Terry? So did I...

Re: Your first crush

Did you miss or omit Derek Newiss, Doug? - or were you demonstrating the better part of valour?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1952-60

Current location (optional) Nirvana

Re: Your first crush

Well, as you know, Terry, he's still very much around, so discretion, yes...

Doug

Re: Your first crush

Re the Ancestry business. Don't know why I didn't think of this before, I have the Complete Census Discs for Yorkshire for the years 1841--1851--1861--1871--and 1891. The 1881 is available on line courtesy the Latter day Saints .
Now ,within reason, I will look up any info for any one who can supply a few details like approx dates and addresses . Might be useful to some one .

Current location (optional) Tasmania

Re: Your first crush

The link referred to by Mike is http://www.familysearch.org
This is a free site. I also repeat my willingness to look up anything on Ancestry.Com, whether a census, birth/marriage/death, parish record , military record(WW1, Boer War), criminalrecord etc etc

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Hi Doug, You asked about Rita, the eldest of the three Mitchell sisters, and I'm pleased to confirm that she also is very much alive and well and living in Brittany, France. David

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Your first crush

Hi David, good to hear - is she still with husband Kenneth Narey (a distant cousin of mine) see earlier post.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Once again, very many thanks, David and Brian.

Doug

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1951-58

Current location (optional) Keswick, Cumbria

Re: Your first crush

I started very early - I recall having a crush on a female teacher at Ingrow Junior School. The only thing I can remember is that she had what appeared to be a vaccination scar on one arm. This must have been in the early 50's.
I was also very fond of 2 other girls at Junior School - Diane Hardisty and Shirley Cavanagh (spelling?). I was pretty cool even then, I remember buying them a bag of sweets each from the shop at the bottom of Lawnswood Road as they walked home past my house.
In reality, my first 'adult' crush was Margaret Coppen who lived in Carlby Grove,
and it was wonderful to catch up with her and her husband at the end of 2000 when we had dinner at the home of a mutual friend..

Re: Your first crush

To Brian and Doug. Regarding Rita; I am informed that Rita is no longer 'with' Ken Narey, a union which ended some years ago. She lives in a the small village of Laz in Brittany, with another member of the Myers family, Barrie's youngest brother, Christopher!! I learned this information from yet another of the Myers' family, a brother named Malcolm. The world gets smaller still!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945-50

Current location (optional) Keighley

Re: Your first crush

For Trevor, Diane S Hardisty, b Keighley Sept 1945, married Tom Copperwaite 1965
Shirley Kavanagh (with a K) born Keighley March 1945, married Michael Shaw 1969.
Margaret Coppen b Keighley Sept 1947, married Alan Lindh 1967

I do remember some Coppens. I was born March 1947. There was also alad called Kavanagh in my year at Ingrow Juniors

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Well I'll be dickle dockled!
So Tommy did marry Diane after all - he was a good mate of mine, as were all the Copperwaites, I think Tommy was the youngest but boy, was he hard case or what? Good to have him on my side. I could tell you a couple of good tales about Tommy but I'd like to know if he's still around or not first. I'm in Australia but I do visit!!

As for Margaret, we had dinner with her and her husband, Clive Boston, at the home of Fred & Dorothy Drake, they lived a couple of doors away. Another close neighbour was Paul Sugden who also visited us that evening. He had really aged and I believe he passed away shortly after following a battle with throat cancer.

Re: Your first crush

Trevor, yes Margaret Lindh (nee Coppen) married Clive S Boston in 1975 in Keighley. First marriage musn't have worked out. Cant find a death for Alan Lindh.

Think I knew Paul Sugden, Had a cousin called Judith who was in my class at Ingrow Juniors. She also had an elder brother. I quite liked Judith . She married Richard Tillotson.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Wow. All these names coming to the surface after all these years.
I'd forgotten Clive Boston. He was a friend for a while at kbgs. Lived near the chip shop at the bottom of Victoria Road.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

Re: Your first crush

Ah yes Shaun, he rings a bell now, we always preferred that F & C run by Mr and Mrs Emsley who lived in Malsis Rd.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

Re: Your first crush

Didn't know (or don't remember!) any of these people myself, but that lass Shirley must have been really smitten to wed a bloke called Shaw. The ultimate in alliterative names or what?!

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958 - 65

Current location (optional) Dudley