Kirkgate is calling - did you live by the station?

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People are being invited to share their past and present experiences of the city’s Kirkgate area.

Regeneration charity Groundwork Wakefield is running a history project as part of restoration work being carried out on Kirkgate railway station.

Past and present Kirkgate residents and people who have used the station over the years are invited to take part in Kirkgate Calling.

Derek Charlton, 83, who once lived in the Kirkgate station master’s house, travelled from his home in Scotland to an event organised to gather information for the project.

Mr Charlton said: ‘There was a set of two houses, semi-detached, with a large front garden and many rooms.

“It was located in the station’s yard area, which it shared with the cattle pens and stables.

“There was a full time manager living on this stable side of the site too.

“It was a thriving place, with people and goods coming and going.”

Kirkgate resident Tony Warrington said: “We lived in a small butcher’s shop on Kirkgate facing the Grey Horse, roughly where Halfords is now.

“I was brought up as a butcher’s assistant and I worked in a shop from leaving school at 15 for three years before joining the Royal Air Force for national service.”

For more information about the project, call 01924 302488 or e-mail