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.

Darren Walker


February 1963 at Shipley Maternity Hospital


Grew up in Leeds, and currently residing in Yeadon

Date of Interview

1st May 2019

Please feel free to use our previous interview for any of your other projects.

Thanks, Darren

Darren Walker amongst many other achievements is the last cobbler in Yeadon High Street as well as being a Motor Bike Racing Champion, that seems a big leap doesn’t it, you will have to listen see how it all comes about. From the high speed track to a sedate walk across fields metal detecting and the even more sedate magnet fishing, no, I hadn’t heard of that either.

A good life story, sit back and enjoy it.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Sound Engineer David Myers

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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.

High Street Shops
Shoe Repairs
Jack Walker, Wool Sorter
Motorbike Racing
School Days
Printing Trade
Road Racing Motor Bikes
Metal Detecting
Treasure Trove
Magnet Fishing / Canals


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