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The year when 600 entered the Huddersfield Merit


The recent posting of the 1977 financial accounts for the Huddersfield District showed over 400 entries for the Huddersfield Merit that year. That prompted Bill Blackburn to turn to his collection of memorabilia to search out even better times with an even bigger entry total but one very pertinent question that number asked.

Bill Blackburn takes up the story ...

My dad, Edward was a member of Linthwaite Hall WMC for over 60 years, during which time he served as President, Secretary, Concert Secretary, Steward and Greenkeeper. I have a pile of notes he used to keep about various activities.

One is an item which appeared in the Colne Valley Guardian (a weekly newspaper printed in Slaithwaite) dated July 19th, 1918 ''An entry of 595 has been entered into the Huddersfield Amateur Bowling Association Merit.'' This was during the Great War when young men from villages across the country were away fighting. Where did all the entries come from? And again this was when you had to travel to matches via tram. Makes you think!! I am now in my 75th year of membership at Linthwaite Hall.

Just read your balance sheet account, don't we have 'Gate Money' at our finals anymore?

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