Bradford, Manningham Lane c.1950
Memories of Bradford, Manningham Lane c1950
I remember going to the Regent cinema with my first major love, Robert (Mac) McCarthy. We both lived in Baildon. I had always really really liked him and could not believe it when he finished with his girlfriend and asked me out! I used to be so excited and happy when I was with him that I could hardly speak. Lost touch with him and when I mentioned to a friend that I had tried to find him, my friend said 'Did you think he might have died'. No I had not. What has happened to Bradford now is criminal.
My dad, Teddy Burke, was Santa Claus at Busby's on Manningham Lane. He was certainly popular, since in the 1950s and 1960s the crowds lined the streets when he was due to arrive on his float. When he did appear, he played Christmas carols on his trumpet before making his entrance into the grotto. What few people knew was that Ted was largely responsible for the construction of the grotto before he arrived! Sometimes, in busy periods, he had colleagues timetabled to do a Santa rota with him, and naturally Mother Christmas and Fairy Starlight had their roles to play as well. I was astonished that Santa knew all about me when I went to see him, so I believed in him for a little longer than most kids!