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Some aspects of the life of Alan Brearley

Some aspects of the life of Alan Brearley arose out of a project by Havishma Sreedharala, a pupil at Crossley Heath School, in which she engaged in a number of question and answer sessions with Alan and, with the addition of photographs and support from Calderdale College, turned the results into a collection of Alan’s memories.

Head and shoulders of Alan Brearley
Alan Brearley

We learn that he had intended to go to university but a serious accident to his father made him take a job with Baldwin and Walker before moving on to George Ingham and then to the Wool Industry Research Association. There he stayed fourteen years, gaining his London University external BSc degree, and then moved on to Huddersfield Technical College and later Dewsbury and Batley Technical and Art College.

It is not a biography or even an autobiography but rather memories collected under various headings.

We learn about his wife, Rhoda, how he was mistaken for a Director of Halifax Town, his views on many of those he came into contact with and his fondness for cats along with much more fascinating information about his life.

Copies can be ordered from Lynne Sharples, Crossley Heath School, Savile Park, Halifax HX3 0HG for a donation (minimum £2) to kitting out the new Sixth Form Centre.

Alan awarded Coat of Arms Badge

Following the publication of these memories, on Thursday, , Alan was awarded a Coat of Arms Badge by the Mayor, Coun. Lisa Lambert, at a ceremony at Trinity Fold where he now lives.