When tragedy strikes the heart of our community, the good people of Skipton never fail to unite. I’m sure you will be able to recall many instances when local residents came together to offer their support and compassion to a fellow resident.
Nowadays, we’re more likely to see examples of this on social media. A request for help or a sad announcement always results in a long thread of comments from locals offering their assistance or condolences. Our community has raised thousands upon thousands for local causes and our determination to help those in need has made a difference to many.
Granted, there are times when tempers are ignited and we argue about dog poo but when it truly matters, nobody could fault the responses of the majority.
This community spirit of which we should be incredibly proud is by no means a new thing. Almost 100 years ago, a tragedy did indeed strike Skipton when an accident resulted in the deaths of five young men from the Craven area.
In November 1920, a group of five young men, including four ex-soldiers, lost their lives when travelling from Skipton to a Burnley football match. Aged between just 16 and 22, their lives were cut short when their charabanc crashed on the Gisburn Road near Barrowford.
The driver of the vehicle was charged with manslaughter and drunk driving, but was later found ‘not guilty’.
On the day of the funeral, Skipton town centre fell silent as a mark of respect. Shops were closed, blinds were drawn and locals lined the High Street to pay their respects as the funeral cortege made its made down the High Street.
One can only imagine how sombre the atmosphere was on the day this image was taken but it really does illustrate exactly what I love about being a resident of this town.
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