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I spent some of the happiest years of my life in Harrogate, working in "The Grange" hotel (an old peoples home basically, along West Stray), I also worked in "Blind Jacks" behind the Prospect Hotel (we sold Old Peculiar ale and wow it was potent stuff - I was warned not to sell too much to people and keep an eye on them (...Read full memory)

I was there 1957 to 1961 Mrs Gray and daughter Mrs Wayman ran it,wonderful teachers,Mrs.Brittain/English /Miss Leathead/maths.played sports in the Oval.pupils Chris Smith,brother Colin,William Watson,John and Maggie Thompson still see William occasionally,tipped our caps to pupils parents outside the school gates. Harold (...Read full memory)

that was the Elim Hall

I see Macfisheries and Lindy's Cafe.There was also a cafe called Chequeres that as a child I was advised by my parents not to use.Standings was on the corner of Station Square and James Street providing that old English style of service and olde shoppe tradition,how they are missed...every purchase put (...Read full memory)

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)

I lived in Ripon and caught a bus to Harrogate each school day where I attended Harrogate Technical School between 1955 and 1957. I was house captain, a member of the school football team and also a member of Harrogate Schoolboys Football Team. We played our games on another school's pitch, just (...Read full memory)

yes I remember the church was called the Elim hall I went to Sunday school there whith my 2 brothers tony and Thomas about 1958

Hi All, I am trying to find out more information about my grandparent's who had a couple of shops in Harrogate, They are long passed now, and I myself am in the US. I am hoping from my very vague description of childhood memories, someone may recall the stops or at (...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)

My father's family lived in Harrogate. The first I knew of this was when I was 30 years old. According to my father, my parents were never married - my mother's name was Ruth Caroline Elizabeth Stone (she died in 1998). My mother changed her name to Ruth Black after my brother Charles (...Read full memory)