Thank you to everyone who came to and helped make the Walkley Memories Day such a resounding success on Friday afternoon.
Walkley Community Centre was abuzz with residents and ex-residents sharing their memories, photos and documents of Walkley’s rich history. Ruskin Hall looked splendid with tables, each with plates of biscuits, scattered around the room.
Over 65 people came along between 2pm and 5pm, while 21 volunteers welcomed and talked to visitors, scanned photos and documents, and helped serve tea and coffee. There was also a slideshow of old images collected by the project so far and an exhibition. Some visitors went upstairs to look at the Reform Club World War 1 memorials in the snooker room.
We found out about all aspects of Walkley’s history, from World War 1 to the 1970s, and saw an original letter written home from the First World War trenches by one brother to another.
Volunteers worked tirelessly to record recollections, with two people kept very busy on the photo scanner that luckily bounces. One lucky person now has the task of putting the names and details on a list so we can begin contacting those people who have asked to be recorded.