My Grandad's father was a haulier with horses and carts and sent my Grandad away to boarding school as his wife had died in childbirth when the youngest girl was born. My Grandad was an engineer but with the first world war, he went away in the Army and when he came back he went down the pits. He ended up a pit instructor but that was after he lost a finger in the mines. (he couldn't find it, sorry for the pun). Unfortunately, his father drank and lost most of his money!!! Grandad was a clever man and did wood and brass carving and painted pictures on wood and created gifts for the family. Every family had a tray, bowl, or something he had made. He also was a very talented photographer and was a founder member of Atherton photographic club. He took photos down potholes too, going over to Ingleton on his motorbike. A man with quite a temper sometimes, but he actually never drank. My Gran (Nanny) used to be glad sometimes when he used to to away potholing for a couple of days. I remember him sitting in front of the fire on the peg rug, legs apart, playing Patience. He taught me to play it, although I do it on the computer nowadays!!
I don't really have any family photos of my Dad's family, other than some odd photos of my Gran, and her husband and my Dad on bikes. My Grandad on Dad's side died in his early 50s from heart problems. My Gran, who was a hairdresser, lived until her late 70s, colouring her hair and doing it up and her make up etc until she died.
I'll just give a brief outline after each photo.
|My Mum, about 19 years old, she used to race on the track.|
|My Gran, my Dad's Mum, she does have two legs BTW!|
|A family group, the Smiths/the Fentons|
|My Grandad, Harry Barker, with my Dad, Alan Barker on the back of the tandem|
|This is the wedding mentioned above.|
|This was a stock photo from a site I found, planes being driven through Liverpool from the docks. I bet it was a frightening site, if awesome.|
|I couldn't move this, so it will have to be at the end. My Mum , Dad and me on the back of the bike. See the resemblance to the lady in the small group photo?|