goods, they would be mainly steam style traction with the very new articulated petrol
powered unit with trailer usually ex-army with top speed of fifteen miles an hour, this was
the time goods started to move by road. After loading dad would get the drivers to put
his bike on the back and drop him off at Carnforth on their way south.
After Cooper’s dad got a job at Shinglers a local farm just down the road, His first
job was a stock man, he spent many hours just him and sheep the young sheep dog,
starting a life time love of dogs. Shep got used to dads whistle and calls; together they
could round up a flock with only whistles. The farmer had a Bradford 5 ton truck powered
by a 28 horse power petrol engine and a 3 tire sheep body, one of dad favourite times was
when he could drive the truck in the yard.
Each week the farmer used the truck for collecting sheep from farms in the Trough
of Bowland, one day he was at a farm in Layburn, Mr Shingler said, Philip this is one of the
Kings farm, so straighten your self up. King George the sixth loved to go shooting in
Layburn woods dad never saw him but he always looked his best just in case, from there
they would transport the sheep to market in Preston.
On one occasion dad went to Preston with Mr Shingler in his Austin 8, “look at this”
the farmer said sixty mile an hour! A mile a minute on the old A6, Dad loved this job. Shep
would go with dad everywhere they were like best friends, one day after 4 years in farm
service dad found He could make more money working in the local quarry, he gave notice
to the farmer and asked if he could take shep with him, he said he would pay Mr Shingler
for shep but to no availed Shingler refused, it broke dad heart to leave shep behind but
money was important! Moving jobs meant Dad had further to go to work and he
commandeered his sister Margret’s new girls bike to ride to work, he would get whistles
from the men at work and tears from Margret, mother Nora was on dads side because dad
wages help with the household bills.
The quarry supplied stone for the railways; it was used as ballast between the
lines. Dad had to crush stone with aid of a stationery steam engine couple by a large
leather belt to a stone crusher. Dad worked from six till six feeding large stones in to the
crusher. I think he was quite happy when war broke out in 1939.
He was twenty years old and just the right age to be conscripted, Conscription came
early January 1940, the letter to report to Preston recruiting depot arrived it was off to
war. Leaving civy Street meant saying goodbye Carnforth! Hello world; mother fussed
about packing a small suit case, with the only change of clothes he had, along with new
razor and toothbrush.
As he left to go to Carnforth station saying farewell to his brother’s sister’s dad and
mum, His cousin who lives next door Cecil (Later Cecil Parkinson MP and later Lord
Parkinson of Lancaster) had a day off school to say goodbye.
Cecil’s father Sydney was station Master at Carnforth; it was then one of the busiest
stations in the north of England. There were ten platforms; they were needed to handle
the changes of different lines, main London Scotland line, Yorkshire line, Furness line,
north Cumberland line plus the Heysham boat train, one of the main routes to Ireland they
all changed at Carnforth.
The famous film brief encounter was filmed at Carnforth station while Uncle Sid
was station master.
The train arrived from Scotland at 12 midday, being from Scotland meant there was
standing room only, getting on board was difficult when he opened the door he thought
ten were going to fall out, on any other day he would have waited for another train, he
had to report at Preston by 6 pm, so he pushed and shoved with others to get on.
The guy next to him was pushing as hard as he was," got to report to Preston”, so
have I mate, this was how he met Jack Twiss from Rawtenstall, Jack had changed trains