Tuesday, 15 September 2015

New seat in memory of former fireman

Above: A walker makes use of a handsome new seat in Swartha Lane.

Above: there are fine views to Nab End behind the seat, which has been placed in memory of former
Silsden fireman Norman Ives, who died in October 2014 aged 80. He had been a frequent walker in local lanes.

Right: the seat is inscribed with an invitation to "take a pew and enjoy his favourite view".

Below: this stretch of Swartha Lane affords a panoramic view of Silsden and through the Aire Valley towards Lancashire.
Above: Norman Ives is on the left of this photograph of the Silsden Fire Brigade, taken by the late Will Baldwin in the late 1950s or 1960-61. The Station Officer at the time was long-serving Jack Paley, who is pictured fourth from the right. Next to him (third from right) is his son David, who became Station Officer in 1980, following on from Tom Shuttleworth (far right), who succeeded Jack Paley in 1961.