The current Fryston Village green on 16 March 2013 saw a group of stalls and a team from Faceless set up their marquee. The weather was cold and ground was on the muddy side, but the mood of Volunteers from Castleford Heritage which included Fryston Memories Project Founders Jacqui and Steve Yates, was warm. A building intended for a much needed Fryston Community building was on site. The last Community Hall being built in 1951by the Miners from the pit, something that you will find in Fryston Memories new Website.
Taken that day were still photographs from attendees and the first video footage from the Project ‘Fryston Memories’ groups, HLF Funded camera. This captured the bus turnaround point, the Fryston access road being both the in and the out road, as it always has been.
Immortalised in local lad Dr Dave Waddington’s book ‘One road in and One road out’, It also shows the remaining houses from the original village, the first new houses and by comparing the current green to old maps, shows that it is the site of many of Fryston’s original houses and school.
Local people, local District Councillors enjoyed drinks, food, raffle and tombola that the Trust had arranged and the Faceless group provided children’s entertainment including group members in colourful costumes that included depicting snails, and a large Emu.
The newly arrived portable building wasn’t open, but the event and stories were about Fryston, the pit and especially the people, those up at Fryston Hall who owned the Pit and the ‘characters’ and key people that had been there in the Villages Heyday. These included noted photographer Jack Hulme, the Butcher, Shopkeepers, the local publican, the school head teacher, the Doctors and how 1986 when the mining ceased to be a village feature, had hit hard. Everybody was agreed it had always been a special community and that few of the older residents were still alive.
This and the fact new houses are being built and new residents were now moving in, seemed to be the perfect time to put permanently on record ‘Fryston Memories’ by way of establishing a Website that shows why the Heritage of this former Mining Village will be Key to Fryston Village as a 21st Century and beyond Community.
The story that started centuries ago goes on..
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