A group of "likely lads" - but who are they ?
This photo looks to have been taken outside the basement of the Methodist Church, and shows a group of sharply-dressed young men, probably preparinng for a parade. But do you know who they are and when this photo was taken ? If so, please send us an email.
Keith Bunnett, former Farnhill resident, thinks he recognises the lad on the far right as Ken Sharp - and we think he's right, because we've found another photograph of Ken Sharp in our archive.
This is a photograph of Kildwick Athletic Football Club, showing the team of 1935/6. The player arrowed is Ken Sharp.
The late Norman Green described a Methodist parade in his 1970 memoir:
The following day - Whit Monday - all the scholars and their parents with of course the Sunday School teachers and superintendents met at the Sunday School and an organ was placed in a cart (pulled by a horse) later in a motor wagon and the whole school started off in procession with a large banner in front with a banner bearer (this was my job in later life) carrying the banner pole in a leather socket which in time was borne by a leather strap round the neck. Two assistant bearers in front held tassels of twisted silk rope from the cross bar of the banner and two behind did likewise. This was necessary as the banner measuring about 5 feet by 3 feet took a lot of holding when the wind was blowing. The banner was in dark red silk with large yellow letters 'FARNHILL PRIMITIVE METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL'.
At each group of cottages the procession would halt and form a semi-circle and sing hymns accompanied by the organ and conducted by the choir master. This went on from about 1:30pm to about 4pm by which time the procession had gone round the village and part of the adjoining village which was Kildwick. The funny part of this was - we thought it funny anyway - that the children of Kildwick Church Sunday School also went around in procession on the same afternoon and when we met - and the organisers tried to avoid this if they could - there was much booing and cat calling from the children of one sect to the children of the other.