Spen’s war chronicled by former journalist



“More than anything else at the moment, we are concerned that the people of the Spen Valley should bear themselves in the face of a great national crisis with a good courage, and with a spirit of consideration towards all with whom they are brought in contact.”
These are the words of the Cleckheaton Guardian editorial as Britain declared war on Germany.
The war’s impact on the Spen Valley was documented by former Guardian journalist Andrew Bannister in his 1994 book One Valley’s War, using the newspaper’s archives.
He said: “The archives turned out to be an incredibly detailed record frozen... read more

 
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