The Colne Dressers’ Club Brains Trust

Here in Fred Whitaker’s superbly captured picture we see a happy quartet of revellers at Colne’s Dressers’ Club on New Year’s Eve, 1947.

Saturday, 10th January 2015, 6:32 pm

On the left is the well-known business man Noel Earnshaw with the gent in the top hat being none other than the legendary, much-missed character Arthur “Rappo” Ingram. Both Noel and Arthur were founding members of the renowned Dressers’ Club Brains Trust, which ran for a decade during the 1940s.

Members of the august and, indeed, select circle included Joe Sunter, a wonderful wordsmith whose editorship of the Colne Times spanned over four decades; Alderman Edward Phillips JP who was a splendid Mayor of Colne from 1951-52; Hubert Smith, the notable Colne Railway Station inspector for many years; Teddie Maxwell, a most imposing, long-serving Colne Co-operative Society undertaker; Albert Bird, a reputable works manager and one of our finest local swimmers; Egbert M. Hildreth, the distinguished headmaster of Park School and not forgetting the Rev. James H. Short, a dedicated clergyman at the now sadly demolished Colne Unitarian Chapel.

All these and, indeed, around 40 more Brains Trust luminaries have now gone to the great academy above.

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Their days spent with us are remembered still.

Here’s to a happy and peaceful New Year for us all.