1st January 1920 in Yeadon
11th February 2021
Grew up in Haw Street, Yeadon, and now lives in the Wharfedale View Apartments, Yeadon.
Date of Interview
30th August 2019
“You have my agreement to include my mothers interview in The Back-Chat Collection.”
Val Butcher (12th October 2020)
When I interviewed Elsa Marks she was 99 years old with a memory as sharp as can be.
It is obvious from the beginning that I am having to talk fairly loudly but at 99 years of age a little deafness can be forgiven.
Elsa was born two years after the end of the First World War and it is fascinating to hear her memories of Yeadon Railway Station, steam train trips to Blackpool and the bleakness of Cemetery Road.
A mother’s warning to children of Elsa’s age was ‘don’t go playing near the dam it’s too mucky!’
This lady has so many memories, a flying circus at Yeadon Airport, a trip up in a biplane and Frankie Vaughan to name but a few. The memories just don’t stop.
A remarkable woman who was a pleasure to interview. Elsa Passed away peacefully on 11th February 2021 at 101 years old.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Sound Engineer David Myers
Train To Blackpool From Yeadon
The Wild Duck, Yeadon
Cemetery Road, Yeadon
Temperance Hall, Yeadon
King Street Market, Yeadon
James Ives Mill
Boys Club, Yeadon
St John’s Church Hall
Yeadon Town Hall
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