We went to a garden party today…well there was a garden and there was a party, but due to typical Saddleworth summer weather, the two never quite meshed, so we sat comfortably in the converted barn of our friend’s house, overlooking Alphin Hill enjoying food, wine and good company. Just before we left, another party guest suggested we look up an article on the web by Professor Roderick Arthur Smith, who was educated at Hulme Grammar School in Oldham before continuing his education at St John’s College Oxford followed by Queens College Cambridge. Professor Smith had walked the Saddleworth hills as a boy with his father and would have seen the same views that I photographed less than two years ago for my book project.
Professor Smith’s article is of great interest to Saddleworth folk, but I think there is a general interest too, in the story he tells of “I’m Wearing My Father’s Boots“. Enjoy and imagine you are in the Pennine Hills of Saddleworth!