Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year: My Morley Observer Column

Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all Morley Observer readers.

Christmas is almost here. I’ve signed a mountain of cards and the festive appointments in my diary reached their peak last week with two outings for my Santa suit.

As we all relax into the family traditions of Christmas, it’s a good time to reflect on our own proud heritage locally. Outside my office on Albion Street in Morley is the town’s beautiful Christmas tree and our great local shops and Christmas lights offer plenty to shoppers over the festive season.

And just across the road is Morley’s fantastic new Heritage Centre. Finally, Morley has a place that is celebrating all the fascinating history of our town. The Centre is the life’s work of local historian, Peter Aldred. Peter has gathered together an amazing treasure trove of historic artefacts.

Now the collection is on display it’s hard to believe it was locked away in Peter’s garage for so many years. Peter is full of stories about Morley’s history. From the story behind the phrase, “being on tentahooks” or how penny-lick glasses came into being and were then banned, it’s a fabulous place to spend an hour or so.

But the Heritage Centre is currently located in an empty shop and needs a permanent home. Last week I met with Peter and other supporters of the centre to discuss what we can do to get the collection the home it needs and deserves. If you’d like to help us in our campaign, drop in and see Peter to show your support.

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Posted December 24th, 2013 by Ed