Tina and I have just returned from a wonderful few days in Middleton, Leeds where we lived and worked in the 1980s. Much has changed – most, it seems, for the better. The Middleton Arms that features in The Kicking Tree has been replaced by a much more universally useful supermarket! Huge estates of modern housing have been built and new facilities added.
There are still many familiar faces in the congregations of St Cross and St Mary’s Middleton and we had a successful and very enjoyable book launch on Thursday, 19th competing with England v Uruguay. Those who preferred to attend the pie and pea supper rather than watch the match probably had the better time. At least it was more fun – and far less painful.
With Stephen Makinson who grew up in Middleton
The Summer Fair was an enormous success and the books went well too. I was talking to people and selling books throughout the day.
Thank you Middleton for being such an inspiration and so very supportive.