History of Denby Dale Labour Party DDL/15

Dated 2009

Extent: 1 item

Typed notes on the historical background of the Denby Dale labour branches and wards and personal reminiscences of local labour party activists, written by Winifred Wheable-Archer [2 copies]. The manuscript starts with the creation of the Denby Dale Urban District Council in 1938 and follows the fluctuations of the local council and the affects these changes had on the branch parties. There is naturally a focus on the political career of Winifred Wheable-Archer and other prominent local party members such as Harold and Nellie Auckland, David Clark, Bill and Linda Sugrue, Molly Dixon, Arthur Belcher, Marjorie Lawton, Tom Megahy, Colin and Doreen Watson. The document also outlines the creation of the youth section of the local party in 1968 as formed by Brendan Loughnane. Various achievements of the Urban District Council are also highlighted. The merger of the Emley, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West, Cumberworth and Denby Dale branches, which was due to dwindling membership numbers in the 1980s, is also explained.

It is noted that this was not Winifred Wheable-Archer's final draft of the piece.


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