I am very pleased to say that the West Yorkshire Archive service have accepted the Back-Chat Collection interviews into their permanent archives thus ensuring their accessibility to the public for many generations to come.

You can hear this interview by simply clicking the West Yorkshire Archive Link where you will find all of the Back-Chat Collection interviews listed in alphabetical order along with captioned photographs.

If you would like to contact The Back-Chat Collection please do email me at carloharrison1947@gmail.com.

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Brian Firth


August 1947


Grew up in Guiseley, now spends much of his time in Northumberland

Date of Interview

21st February 2019

“Please accept this email as my consent to publish my story, with permission to use any photos previously supplied to you from myself”

Brian Firth (19th August 2020)

Brian Firth’s story is a full one, some of its main headings are Community First Responder, Community Public Access Defibrillators (where he has saved lives), Guiseley Memories, and of course Olly the Owl.

These are headings – you have to put so many other things into the mix to accurately describe this man’s life not least emigrating to Australia and returning back to the UK.

It’s an interesting life. Pauline’s Fashions will stir up memories, the story of Olly the Owl will have you reaching for the tissues.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

HTML5 Audio Player
You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Guiseley Modern / Fieldhead School
Manor Mill
Leafield Mill
Pauline Sutcliffe Wedding
Leonard’s Shoe Shop
Seagram UK (Wines & Spirits)
Pauline’s Fashion Shop
Yeadon High Street
Olly the Owl
Mods and Scooters
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Guiseley Memories – facebook


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects has been a real pleasure, such an interesting and I think worthwhile project for people to listen to both now and in years to come.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Carlo Harrison