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TRIP AND TREAT; all our yesterdays HILLHOUSE in the 1950s.

THE Hemingway brothers were among 13 lads chosen from various backgrounds and schools across Huddersfield to go on a trip to Ripon in summer, 1949.

Joseph, of Armitage Bridge, and his brother Bill were pupils at Crosland Moor Voluntary School. In the top picture, Joseph is the boy at the front with the broad grin, and brother Bill is the lad with specs and dark jacket.

Joseph is unsure who the others were but he thinks a boy called Keith Palmer is the one just right of the man who drove them..

The trip was organised by Toc H, an organisation formed in the First World War to encourage soldiers to mix and make friends from other ranks. Its current mission statement says it is "committed to building a fairer society by working with communities to promote friendship and service, confront prejudice and practise reconciliation." The holiday was a fortnight and cost us each five shillings," Joseph recalls.

"I came back with 1'd in my pocket." In the lower picture, the group is pictured with Toc H volunteers and the group leader (front) who was known to the lads just as 'Scout'.

"We lodged in Army barracks behind Ripon Cathedral," said Joseph. "The Ripon Town Crier announced our arrival in the town.

Scout couldn't remember our names so he called us all after the Snow White dwarfs. We visited lots of places, but Fountains Abbey stuck in my mind. I think this is where the picture was taken. It was just an amazing holiday."


FERN HOLLOW: The lads on holiday with Toc H heltpers at Ripon in 1949 READY FOR OFF: Pupils of Huddersfield schools ready to go on holiday with Toc H volunteers. They included Joseph and Bill Hemingway
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2009
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