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.

To listen to the interviews which are now hosted on the
West Yorkshire Archive Service click here.

Andy Briggs


October 1953 in the Swaine Green Tavern, Bradford


Grew up in Bradford, Guiseley and Yeadon. Interviewed at his home in Yeadon

Date of Interview

25th October 2019

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Andy Briggs (5th July 2020)

If you want to know what an action-packed full life sounds like just listen to this interview with Andy Briggs. He was born in a Bradford pub, grew up in Bradford, Guiseley and Yeadon and has a passion for Tibetan Mastiffs!

Andy is a family man and an accomplished landscape gardener. You must hear the story about when the phone rang and it was Emmerdale Farm on the other end!

A lively interview with a very nice man.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

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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 / Birth, Bradford
Family History, Bingley
House Rebuilding
Mecca Nightclub, Bradford
Honeymoon, Blackpool
School Days, Westfield School, St Bede’s
England Football Team, Leeds Bradford Airport
Tibetan Mastiffs
Working Life, Dye Works, Plumbing, Shipping Clerk, Landscaping
Emmerdale TV Programme, Esholt


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