Centuries of entertainment

CHURWELL-based historian Ronnie Barraclough and former local amateur operatic society member David Reekie have teamed up to publish a book called 'Morley Entertainers.'

The culmination of two years' meticulous and painstaking research, it tells the story of live entertainment in Morley over a period of three centuries. It contains over 250 pages and nearly 100 photographs.

You can learn of the amazing lives of Morley entertainers who became famous in many ways, some of whose stories have never been told before.

Among the entertainers featured are East Ardsley-born comedian Ernie Wise, actor Henry Ainley and violin virtuoso Tom Jenkins.

Both the authors have a deep-seated interest in Morley. Ronnie is Morley born and bred and David, who himself entertained on many stages in the town, came to Morley as an 18-year-old Bevin Boy from London, and never returned.

"Morley Entertainers" costs 12.50, and is available from Queen Street News, 77 Queen Street, Cucina Caf Bar, Queen Street (opposite the Post Office) and Churwell Post Office. More information can be obtained from Mr Barraclough on 0113 2533833.