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MY OTHER SITES
When you learn that Fred's Father was quite a
character of Irish linage then it is hardly surprising that Fred himself
grew to be quite a character. Fred's son Raye tells this little story
concerning Granddad Kelly Granddad Kelly had a fight outside the Grapes
Hotel with Ian ( iron ) Hague from Mexbro, it was just before Haigh was due
to fight Sam Langford for the title I don't quite know which title, anyway
the tale goes that due to his poor performance outside the Grapes, all the
betting went off him and sure enough he lost.
Sincere thanks to Raye Kelly, Nadia nee Kelly and her
husband Ken Simpson for the information and photos regarding Fred presented
on this site. I have been in contact via phone to Nadia, Fred's daughter
here in Australia, learning that Nadia is the family historian and has
published a book of her memoirs I asked her to relate the story of Fred
Kelly's life, to which she kindly consented. Nadia and her husband Ken are
two very nice people and Nadia has not lost her Yorkshire sense of humour.
MY DAD FRED KELLY
Frederick William Edward Kelly was born on the 21st of November 1905. He lived on Doncaster Road side of Whinney Hill from being two years old. He was the eldest of eight children. His father worked at Silverwood. He went to an infants school in Dalton and then St. Leonards Church school in Thrybergh. Fred's father enlisted in the army during the first few weeks of the Great War in 1914 and was killed in France. His mother married Jack Baughan in 1918. She opened a second hand furniture shop in Dalton. She later changed it to a general store and kept it until mid 1940's.
Fred started Thrybergh Wheelers Cycling Club when he lived down Chesterhill Ave. (China Town) together with some other young men. A few remembered names are : Ron Longmate, Jim Slater, George Dabs, Jack White, Harold Saunders. It was a very active club until World War Two.
Fred had a good bass baritone voice and used it to earn extra money singing in clubs around Rotherham. The pit-head baths opened in the 30's and he landed a job as attendant. When baths opened at the Notton Colliery he left Silverwood and went there as superintendent. Next he went to I.C.I. in Huddersfield and worked in the boiler room.
As the 2nd world war progressed, ex coal miners were sent back into the mines to dig coal. Fred did not want to go back into the pit. He tried to join one of the armed services but he was forced to return to Silverwood. That or jail for the duration. The Mine Workers Union became his great interest from then onwards. He was in turn president, delegate and secretary of the Silverwood branch. For many years he served on the committee making both friends and enemies along the way.
Cricket was a favourite hobby. The crowd in the Dalton cricket pavilion cheered the runs and the ducks with equal enthusiasm. Fred was a born showman. He was a founder member of the Miners Welfare Club in Dalton. Later he became a life time trustee.
For years Fred M.C'd every dance held in Thrybergh. They were family affairs, kids and all. He dressed and acted the part with aplomb. Fred took an active roll in local activities. In the early days there were big May Day Parades. In one he rode a bicycle with a steering wheel, borrowed from Siddalls in Rotherham. In another he rode a penny farthing. For some years he helped to organize a big sports day on Whitsuntide Monday in the Fullerton field. Later he played the Big Drum in the Silverwood Band. There was a well attended parade on Remembrance Day. He was active in all of these events.
It is important to note that for years Fred visited
old mates who were in nursing homes. He did a round, taking tobacco or
ciggies, mint imperials or humbugs or whatever was their fancy. His wife
died in 1982 and when he was 80 years old he went to live in Australia with
his daughter, Nadia but he couldn't stay. He needed to be among people he
knew best. His son, Raye and his wife, Wendy took him under their wing and
he lived his last years in Greasbro'. He died in a nursing home in 1992,
Fred features also on the Silverwood Brass Band, The
Miners Welfare Club, and The Thrybergh Wheelers page and I have no doubt old
Fred will turn up on other pages he was that kind of a legend. Many thanks
to Nadia, Raye, and Ken
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