Harrogate, The Stray 1888

Memories of Harrogate


i started school in 1942 when I was 4 years old, and the school was then in one of the large terraced houses in West End Avenue, run by the two"Miss Tait"sisters. I remember having to go into some kind of large van which was parked in the lane behind the houses,with our gas masks on,presumably to (...Read full memory)

Having gained my Air Gunners wing in Egypt I was posted to the Air Crew holding unit in Harrogate where I stayed for about three weeks early on 1945, and again a few months later. I remember the dance held in a marque in the Valley Gardens in August on VJ night (what a night that was!) I was billeted in the Grand Hotel. The (...Read full memory)

In the early 1960's Bob Simpson and I opened the Harrogate Jazz Club at the Beechwood Court Hotel on Cold Bath Road. We booked the best bands from London and Birmingham; Ken Collier, London City Stompers, Second City Jazzmen etc.. Every Saturday night full houses of 500 plus. I left Harrogate and (...Read full memory)

I remember the pianist who played for a week at the St James, I had forgotten what he was called until I saw your entry. A few years later I worked at the St James as a projectionist with a Mr Bell; there was a Miss Greenan who was secretary & in the box office. I can also remember one of the usherettes, a very tall (...Read full memory)

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