Wedding Day

28 Sep

Well, the day finally came.

My son married his sweetheart at St John the Baptist church in Baxenden, Lancashire.

The reception and evening event were held at  The Fence Gate Inn, Fence,

What an absolutely amazing day and night.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Scott and Caroline Oates!

Some photos and a funny video to follow soon.

Hapton Photos

18 Aug

Manchester Road

I love this photo. The clouds are just beautiful. Taken in 2010, it shows the main thoroughfare  – Manchester Road. The bridge goes over the railway line and the M65 motorway. Our house is just past the bridge, second on the left.

Walton's Mill

Walton’s mill, Hapton.  1908

Once of a day, there was a fair amount of industry in Hapton. Cotton mills, chemical works, printing works, coal mines to name a few.
The main hub now is a business park at Network 65, which isn’t actually in the “village” itself, but situated just off the main route to Burnley.

Fagan & Whalley

Early Fagan & Whalley truck. Imagine what Health & Safety officials would say about this load nowadays!

Fagan & Whalley are well-known hauliers from the North West. Originally based in Hapton, they started out in 1927 delivering coal around the village by horse and cart.  They soon grew to serve local industries using trucks.

During WW2 they were employed by the Ministries of Defence and Supply, transporting shell cases from the Hapton railway to a local munitions store.  By the time the Armistice was signed in 1945,  Fagan & Whalley had fifteen vehicles.

After the war, they worked with the Ministry of Supply in delivering units for prefab houses and still served the booming textile industry.   With the decline of the cotton industry, they moved more towards light engineering.  In the 1990s, they began work within the motor industry.

They now have a fleet of over 120 vehicles and Fagan & Whalley has become a recognised name in road haulage and logistics not just in Lancashire, but across the country and in Europe.

The growth of their business led to them relocating to nearby Padiham.


The more familiar image of a Fagan & Whalley truck. 

Photo: Alan Watts Photography

Wedding Outfit

18 Aug

Just tried on my “Mother of the groom” wedding outfit.  I think it’s going to look pretty good on the actual day.

My son and soon to be daughter – in – law bought me the complete outfit for my 60th birthday next month.  They ordered it online for me and everything is a perfect fit.

Didn’t have time before they arrived to do the make up and hair, jewellery etc…and still a little more weight to lose around the middle.  The wedding is in six weeks time. Will post wedding pictures after the day.

Photo taken on a rubbish phone, a bit blurry.


A little creased…and so is the dress.

Physical Fun

18 Aug

Noooo! Not that.

Daughter bought one of these yesterday:


Just had a whale of a time letting off steam. Family amused at the sight of their old mum in boxing gloves giving it some welly.

Will be doing this a lot methinks. Can well understand how can keep you fit. Only attacked it for a few minutes and I was done. Will get easier I suppose. If I had two good legs I’d have a go at kick boxing as well!

Hunting For Hapton

16 Aug

Been having a Google for interesting stuff from Hapton, the village I now live in.

Walter SimpsonSeveral interesting things came up.

We had electricity before Accrington and Burnley. Fancy that!

Source: Chronology of Electric Power

1888: Electric Lighting Act extends period before compulsory purchase possible to 42 years. Parsons installs his first turbo-alternator set at the Forth Banks Power Station. Operated at 4,800 rpm, capacity kw. One business already light by electricity in Burnley. Hapton streets illuminated by electricity from August. Joseph F. Simpson, a local man, who was an electrician with Edison & Co. in Manchester, installed a dynamo in his family’s Perseverance Mills. It was a modified Kapp machine, driven by a 6 HP steam engine which also powered the winding, taping and sizing machinery. The firm already supplied gas to the village, but extending gas lighting in the streets was considered too expensive. Instead seven 50 candle power electric lights were erected. Three were over the centre of Bridge Street where previous gas lights had only been of 18 candle power. Others were proposed for side streets, the Conservative Club and the mill’s warehouse. Swan’s incandescent lights, with enamelled iron reflectors, were used, and they were light from dusk until 9-45.

Hameldon Hill, in Hapton, used as a firing range by the Military from the early 1800s. The remains of target mechanisms could still be seen in the mid-nineties. Source: Hapton Heritage

Firing Range

In 1962 19 miners died as a result of an explosion at Hapton Colliery.
Read more here:


Painting by Lancashire artist Roger Hampson:

Hapton Miners

Hapton Miners – Roger Hampson

The village has a War Memorial to WW1, made from Aberdeen granite. Unveiled in 1921.

It is padlocked behind railings in the grounds of the local school.

List of men who perished: Burnley Gallantry

War Memorial

War Memorial

Will no doubt be digging up some other trivia, will blog them when I do.

Mark Twain Quotes

6 Aug

Mark Twain on Wikipedia.

Best known for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

He was also a great traveller and had a deep interest in science. (He was a friend of Tesla).

The Mark Twain Project

Really need to find this “autobiography” made up from his drafts, and printed 100 years after his death.

Mark Twain on  A mini biography

Mark Twain left us with a myriad of funny or inspirational quotes.

Here are just a few of his sayings:

Don’t go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

There are lies, damned lies and statistics.

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

Name the greatest of all inventors… Accident.

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