|2016 Past Chairman's Lunch|
As a past Chairman of the Keighley Bench of Magistrates, I am invited to the annual lunch of all the past Chairman of both the Bradford and Keighley Magistrates, which is held every year, and we held our last "official" get-together on 8th December 2016.
As the office junior in my first job in Bradford during the 1960's, one of my duties was to chauffeur our Managing Director of the company to the club for lunch with his pals, and then pick him up, usually the worse for wear, and drive him home. I had always wondered what the club was like inside....I've now had a chance to see for myself! I have to say it was exactly as I expected.... a traditional gentleman's club...a place that time had forgotten...apart from the fact that it now also allows women in!
|The Chairman's Board in Bradford Courthouse|
|2012 Past Chairman's Lunch|
Arthur Bailey is third from left on the front row of this 2012 photo, and being the nearest person living near him, I agreed to pick him up and take him home and when I asked him what the secret was to reaching 100 years of age, he smiled, leaned over and said it's down to one thing... luck....nothing else! and he went on to explain that both his parents died in there 70's, so it was nothing to do with genes.When I dropped him back home, my parting comment was " well we'll see you next year then Arthur at the next Christmas Lunch". He waved from his door and said " hopefully with a bit of luck, although I have seen a marked reduction of 50% in myself over the last 12 months". As I left him and drove away, I could not help but think...if his is like this at 101, what must he have been like a year ago at 100 years old, when he was 50% better!! [Unfortunately Arthur never did made the next gathering, as he had to go into a nursing home, and is still there today.]
Another past Bradford Chairman reminisce at one of our lunches about the time he was showing an official from the Courts Services Committee around the underground car park at the Bradford Courthouse, as they had plans to possibly use it for other purposes, and make the magistrates park elsewhere. This proposal never got off the ground after he mentioned that the car park had been earmarked as a potential bunker for the great and good of the town, in the event of a nuclear attack!….The story-teller admitted that this had been "massaging the truth a little", but it seemed to have worked at the time, however since then part of the car park has been converted into prison cells, to accommodate prisoners waiting to go into court, after having been transported from the local prisons
The Bradford & Keighley Bench will no longer be in existence after March 2017, due to all Benches in West Yorkshire merging, but we are hoping to continue with an "unofficial" Lunch annually in the Bradford Club.