1960s The Gaytimers
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Here we have a memory from the late 60s shared with
us by Vera Firth, born in 1936 and originally from Birmingham, Vera has lived
in Rawdon and Yeadon for 55 years.
"The Gaytimers (which had a very different connotation back then in the late 60s) was
formed by the young wives group at Harrogate Road Methodist Church.
Our first Producer was May Davies, later on it was
Bessie Cochshott, our pianist was Fay Hastings-Long and then Harry Paver who
previously had been the leader of a local dance band.
His daughter Maureen was part of our group.
We entertained at various old folks homes, Yeadon
and Guiseley Town Halls and also at High Royds Hospital.
We always tried to keep it very light hearted and
were always very busy at Christmastime.
We were a very enthusiastic group, so much so that
I fell off the stage fooling around in a Dads Army routine, but hasten to add
that no damage was done.
I left Eventually due to work commitments but it
carried on very successfully for several years with new members.
It finally wound up in the 80s and I know that
everyone who ever took part has some fond memories"
Vera Firth is sat at the table in the photograph,
middle row, third from the right.
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