26th March 1934, Yeadon.


Grew up and lives in Yeadon

Date of Interview

April 2019

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Michael Parker

Michael Parker, 'ah yes the coalman from down Kirk Lane', that's how countless numbers of people know him but there is so much more to this well-spoken gentleman.

It is true that the family business was a major part of Michael's life but then again so was the theatre and his National Service. You wouldn't think that the man unloading a freight train truck full of coal by hand onto the back of a lorry could also be a budding thespian treading the boards in the theatre.

This was only the second recorded interview I had done but I am very pleased to say that we managed to capture the little devil that lives inside Michael Parker.

Carlo Harrison

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Sound Engineer David Myers
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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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.

South View School0.28
Civic Theatre, Bradford08.15 
National Service11.05
Coal Merchant, Kirk Lane13.11
Football (the street), Yeadon26.37
Hadfields (coal)29.03
Smokeless Zones31.42
Shirley Birkenshaw Wedding35.02
Yeadon Tarn (Dam)36.47
Froggy Island - Yeadon Dam38.29

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Carlo Harrison