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.

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Noel Harrison


December 1929 in Moreton Terrace, Guiseley


Grew up and lives in Guiseley

Date of Interview

14th January 2020

Hello Carlo

“I have no doubt at all that Dad would love your interview to go on to the website! I know he enjoyed doing it. 

Sending you good wishes

Liz and Noel” 

Liz Riley (3rd August 2021)

Noel Harrison is a quietly spoken gentleman, a person who simply talks a lot of sense. He was 90 years old when I interviewed him in January 2020 and his memories of childhood and school days are invaluable in reminding us of a time gone by.
He was a young lad in WW2 and was called up for his National Service when the time came.
He met his wife Betty on a date which was supposed to be with her sister, but Betty turned up instead for a sort of blind date at Harry Ramsden’s. Noel was 16 years old and Betty only 15. Sad to say that Betty passed away in March 2021, just four days after Coronavirus restrictions were lifted for visitors to care homes. Noel was right by Betty’s side as she slipped away.
Noel will be known by many people for his long service at Silver Cross; his membership of St Oswald’s Players; bell ringing and as a cornet player in Guiseley Brass Band.
And if you want to hear some down-to-earth Yorkshire words about Prince Harry, listen through to the end.

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.
Family Life
Moons Mill
Clough Family Maid, Keighley
Oxford Road & St Oswald’s School, Guiseley
Working Life – Mechanic, Swires, Guiseley
Working Life – Radio & TV Engineer
National Service – Airforce
Blind Date At Harry Ramsden’s, Guiseley
Silver Cross, Guiseley
Hobbies – Choir – Bell Ringing – Drama
St Oswald’s Players
Guiseley Brass Band
Brexit – General Election
Global Warming
Royal Family


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