Friday 4 August 1916
The annual Shipley Feast produced a number of items for the paper starting with a description of the entertainments in the area: ‘Shipley Feast was celebrated during the weekend and in the old fair-ground in Otley Road there was the usual feast paraphernalia, including roundabouts, shooting galleries, shows, hoop-la stalls, Aunt Sallies, the wiggle-waggle etc. Tango ‘Visitors were invited by the manager of the menagerie to “come and see the elephant dance the tango and perform the goose-step,” whilst at another show prospective patrons were told that “this time a lady will enter a den of lions.” ‘Much interest was taken in “Anita Earth’s Sun Burst Star – the Living Doll.” Anita is thirty-three years of age and she is only 26 inches in height.
According to the showman, this living doll was wearing £2,000 worth of jewellery and she had received presents from several European monarchs.’ But for many, it was a chance to get away to enjoy the ‘ideal weather’ at the seaside and the paper noted: ‘The crowds, as they left, appeared to be full of the holiday spirit. ‘Even those who have long since passed the stage of juvenility were animated with a buoyancy which they could not restrain. ‘Their feelings are appropriately expressed in the following lines: I’m going away from Shipley today And I feel like a bird on the wing; Though I don’t know a song, you would listen to long I simply am bursting to sing.
I feel like a hare that runs here and there O’er the grass on the cool summer’s day; Though I can’t run a yard, my pleasure’s not marred For in fancy I could run all the way. Oh the joy! Oh the bliss! Of a feeling like this Which should be every man’s in the world And will be someday when the wrong’s swept away And full freedom’s great banner’s unfurled. Oh I’m just like a child in exuberance wild As it rollicks and romps in its play. Though the tokens of age should proclaim me a sage I’m a youngster in fancy today. There was a  brief note that one  tradition had not been upheld: ‘For the first time for a considerable number of years, there was not a single wedding celebration at the Parish church during the Feast holidays.’
Elephants, lions, living dolls and excited trips to the seaside
Two men were fined 40s and remanded to await a escort after being found guilty of failing to report for military service. Conscientious objector Walter Buttle claimed that he had a further appeal to be heard before Shipley Tribunal and suggested the case should be adjourned until after that. Asked if he had anything more to say, he said “The matter is entirely out of order. I have been illegally arrested.” The chairman replied that Buttle had been before a tribunal and an appeals tribunal so the matter is quite in order and even though the prisoner added he only wanted ‘fair play’, he was found guilty. Hay time James Garforth, a farm labourer of Puddinghall Farm, Leeds Road, Windhill, said he might be guilty of absenting himself without leave but had a good reason for doing so. “The reason I didn’t go was because we had more work on the farm than we could do. “My papers came in the middle of hay time which is absurd. We have twenty acres of hay to deal with and twenty three cows.” His excuse also fell on deaf ears.
Court unmoved by absentees’ pleas
The outstanding match in the Bradford League on Saturday was that at Saltaire where Idle supplied the opposition. In the encounter John Berry Hobbs (above) shook off the mediocrity which has characterised his work of late and rising in his might, he gained what may almost be described as a personal victory over the Saltaire team. Wonderful cricketer The feat performed by Hobbs shows what a wonderful cricketer he really is. Despite the fact that the latter’s attack included the world’s greatest bowler, Hobbs compiled his biggest score in Bradford League cricket (87) and then proceeded to demonstrate such skill with the ball that he got the first nine wickets for 39 runs. Both these performances outstripped anything the Surrey crack had performed in the Bradford League. He gave no chance until he reached 77 when he was badly missed by R
Outram at mid-off and was also missed just afterwards off Sedgewick at cover. Fred Hollings, the Idle captain, was the only other man to reach double figures and it was a partnership between the pair which carried the score from 41 to 93 for the fourth wicket which put the innings on its feet. All the batsmen paid great respect to S F Barnes and the best bowling figures were credited to A Welburn. A big crowd was present, the “gate” being £70 and a collection for Hobbs realised £10 5s It was when Saltaire went to the wicket that the sensations of the afternoon commenced. From the start Hobbs, who opened the bowling with the setting sun behind him, had the nerves of the batsmen. Whole ten The wicket was distinctly fiery, the ball sometimes rearing in quite an alarming fashion. Welburn had two lives before he was bowled and later Hobbs sent back Scofield Swithenbank, Barnes and A Holmes in one over. Seven wickets went down for 44 and the people were fairly sighing for Hobbs to bag the whole ten and thus equal George Leach’s astounding performance for Great Horton in April.
It looked a certainty when he got the next two wickets especially as Sargent, the other bowler, did not seem at all anxious to spoil his chances, but Whitehouse cocked up a ball to Hollings at silly mid-on and the grand opportunity went by. Saltaire were tumbled out in an hour. There was another incident at the match, which the Shipley Times & Express highlighted with an editorial comment. Mr J J Booth, (below) president of the Bradford Cricket League, was amongst the big crowd who witnessed the interesting game at Saltaire park on Saturday and strange to say, he was refused admission to the pavilion. He was desirous, of course, of securing a place on the balcony but was denied the enjoyment of seeing the encounter from that exalted position. Sportsmanlike As a rule, privileges are afforded heads of organisations and one would expect that the chief official of a sporting fraternity would receive sportsmanlike treatment. This however is hardly what was given to Mr Booth on Saturday. What his feelings were we cannot say but under similar circumstances most people would have been badly “nettled.”
The wicket was distinctly fiery, the ball sometimes rearing in quite an alarming fashion. Welburn had two lives before he was bowled and later Hobbs sent back Schofield Swithenbank, Barnes and A Holmes in one over.
Hobbs shows his class in front of snubbed president
The paper had recently published an article claiming that the last use of stocks as punishment in Bradford had been on 30 July 1860 when John Dodgson of Idle was punished for drunkenness. But they had now received a letter from Mr Edmund Hutchinson of Idle, suggesting the stocks had been in use later than that. ‘He began working in Bradford in August 1867 and he well remembers seeing a couple, side by side, in the stocks several years after that date and he is under the impression that one of them was a woman. ‘He also saw the last punishment inflicted in this way at Idle. The offender was Joe Bell who was nick- named “Bells and Whistles.” ‘By the way, during the period Mr Hutchinson worked in Bradford there were no trams or trains and he had to walk there and back, both winter and summer.’
Recalling men (and women) in the stocks
Shipley votes for ban on alcoholic drinks
A temperance meeting held in Shipley Market Place carried the following resolution unanimously: ‘That this public meeting of citizens of Shipley, being impressed with the necessity of avoiding all waste and of utilising fully the moral and material resources of the nation, and being convinced the present enormous consumption of intoxicating drink is the most dangerous enemy of national efficiency, health and economy, hereby calls upon His Majesty’s Government to prohibit the manufacture, import, export and the common sale of intoxicating liquors during the war, and for six months afterwards.’ A copy of the resolution was sent to Shipley MP Mr Oswald Partington asking for his support.
Drunk and disorderly
Bertha Hiles of Shipley  was fined 18s or, in default, serve 14 days in prison, after being found guilty of being drunk and disorderly. William Burnside, described as having no fixed place of abode, was also charged with being drunk disorderly in Shipley. ‘He was 38 years of age and had a number of previous convictions against him. He was remanded to gaol for a month.’
Sunday School gifts
In place of the usual annual flower service at Eccleshill Parish Church Sunday School, a service was held where children could donate gifts for the wounded soldiers at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford. ‘There was a large congregation and the following excellent result was achieved: 212 eggs, 76 cakes, 120 buns, 274 bananas, 85 tomatoes, 74 apples and other fruit, three jars of jam, two tins of fruit, in tine of sardines. ‘The children and parents are to be congratulated on their practical sympathy for our wounded heroes.’
Mr Walter Mortimer, Sunnyside, Leeds Road, Thackley, who is secretary of the Idle and Thackley Brass Band, asks us to say that the organisation is desirous of rendering some service to the local lads who are fighting for their country in France and elsewhere. A meeting was held at the New Inn, Idle, and some good suggestions as to what might be done were raised. It was suggested that a suitable memorial to the fallen should be erected and the services of those who return should be appropriately recognised.
Brass band members keen to create memorial
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