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THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY

THE FALL AND RISE OF EMLEY MOOR

EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS by KEITH HARTLEY and JOHN SKRYTEK

Photos by Keith Hartley

Keith:
In Dewsbury we were located to the north of the site, the temporary mast was erected to the south of the site so for the first few months things would appear to be satisfactory, if not we were able to fit small amplifiers to the aerials to boost the signal and keep people happy, but as the new tower was built to the north it started to mask the temporary mast and the signal started to drop slowly until, in a small strip to the north, the signal all but disappeared.

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

  John:
As we completed the tower and got the aerial on top the two gangs joined forces to erect the mast for a while. The weather was bad and cold, and I mean cold - you don’t get much shelter at Emley Moor.

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

Emley Moor

We had many a pint at the village pub and the talk was always about the mast, but I must say those Poles were hard, tough men - great workers known all over the country at the time. I certainly learned my job with the right men but I don’t think for one minute they got the credit they deserved.

We had a party at the completion of the mast at the Polish Club in Leeds. Quite a few top men were there including Jack Bulmer and the Eves engineer. I can’t remember if the party was given by the BBC or by Eves but it went down well.

Walter loved a pint or 12!  He met a drastic end - found dead in his own front garden by his family I heard some years later. I must say the Swedish engineer went back to Sweden with a different tale to tell I bet!

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