Aunt Nora’s 80th Birthday

My cousin Nicky picked Paul and I off the boat at Kildwick and we travelled together up to Skipton for Nora’s party. All my dad’s brothers and sisters (apart from Uncle Peter in US and those sadly no longer with us) were there. And we had a great time, though it had been touch and go whether Edith and Richard would manage to get up to Settle – for different reasons!

Edith had travelled from Milton Keynes. She left in a car with a friend at 6 in the morning, but by late morning the weather was so horrendous that there was no way the car would get there in time, so she was dropped off at a station in Birmingham. Marje and Pat picked her up from Leeds railway station and they arrived around 3. Edith had to catch a train up to Carlilse at 3.45 so it was a short visit, but great to see her.

Uncle Richard hasn’t been well, but he was having a good day so he and Elsie managed to drive up from Skipton to Settle. He was on good form as with a cheeky grin he managed to wind Edith up and get her new phone number. Uncle Barry was also full of laughs and tales and entertained Nicky and I on our walk with Edith to Settle station to catch her train.

Thoughtful as ever, Uncle John had managed to persuade a nieghbour to bring a copy of a book written by a Mr Harrison about the Lunds of Gisburn Forest. It is an addition to the main text “The Harrisons of Gisburn Forest”, a copy of which is in Settle Library. These two family names are closely linked with the Woolers and we managed to extract the relevant information from the book to help with the family history research.

After a sumptuous afternoon tea and cutting of the cake, the party broke up. Nicky had to get back for her children, so Aunt Marje and Uncle Pat came back to the boat for a cuppa, and then joined us for dinner at the White Lion. Paul and I really had a great time and enjoyed seeing the “Woolers” all together.

John Nora and girls

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