One lady called Tahira had traveled from Wakefield but had been born and raised in Holbeck. She was visiting because she always looks out for the gala each year and brought some friends. I got talking to her and she started to tell me about her time in Holbeck.
Tahira started working on a YTS scheme at a local tailors in Holbeck called George Hurley's. Her boss Mrs Hurley was a lovely lady to work for and helped the girls with an extra bonus of £10 per week. They made high quality suits for clothing companies such as; Droopy and Browns and Laura Ashley. This was in the 1980's when the economy was good in Holbeck and there was lots of local trade businesses.
She made good friends with people she worked with and said they had a good social life, meeting up for drinks once a month in town.
She then went onto work at Mitchell Walkers tailoring men's suits for one year. Then moving on to Barnitts Glass factory on Brown Lane.
Tahira lived in the old back to backs near sweet street (which have since been demolished). Tahira says she always got on well with her neighbours whatever background they were. She told me people have got to have pride in their own area, it's down to them to keep it nice. Tahira says she's loves coming back to Holbeck but it is not the same as it once was. She remembers a time when there were more employment opportunities, and it's that which makes people feel better about themselves and take pride in their community.
Tahira says she's the type of person who goes out of her way to help people. When she sees people struggling she always lends a hand! thanks for visiting the tent on Saturday and sharing your past of Holbeck with us Tahira, Please keep in touch so we can update you with news of the Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan.