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.

Stephen Allinson


November 1946 in Spofforth near Wetherby


Grew up in Rawdon now living in Bolton Le Sands

Date of Interview

18th May 2020

“Hi Carlo. I hereby authorise you to use our recent Skype interview for early release instead of the 60 year wait which we originally agreed on. Also attaching appropriate photos to go with the interview.
Good luck with the project.
Stephen Allinson”

Stephen is a Rawdon boy who now lives in the village which was his family holiday destination throughout his childhood. His career has travelled from dress designer to police dog handler and onto training canine actors mixing with stars of stage, screen, pop, and royalty.

Have a listen, you will enjoy this.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

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.

Parents, Stanley Allinson & Florence Schofield
The Avro, Mother working there.
Leaving Rawdon, on retirement.
School Days, Rawdon Littlemoor & Benton park.
Television, 1960s
Art School, scholarship
Working Life, dressmaking, wallpaper design, police.
Married life, and divorce and remarriage.
Children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren
Police force Dog Section, Guarding The Queen and Princess Anne.
Working life, Dog security Training and animal actors – film and TV.


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