Wakefield’s Double Two shirt company on BBC’s The One Show tonight

Wakefield shirt manufacturer Double Two will feature in tonight’s edition of The One Show on BBC1.

Company chairman Richard Donner was interviewed about Terylene, a new fibre used in the making of the first polyester shirts in the 1950s.

The shirts grew in popularity because they were easy to wash and did not need ironing, and the material was licensed for commercial use around the world.

Mr Donner said: “We made the first polyester garments in the world. Through the 1950s to the 1970s nearly all our shirts were polyester or a polyester and cotton blend.”

Cotton shirts gradually became more popular, but Double Two still manufactures around 500,000 shirts a year using polyester.

The show will be screened at 7pm tonight.