ANDREW and Barbara Colyer enjoyed their trip down memory lane to Lymm and Grappenhall so much they had to write in to thank people for their hospitality and are now avid readers of our online publications.
Andrew wrote: “Good morning. We have recently returned to Perth, Western Australia where we live after visiting and staying with family in the Bradford area where we are originally from.
“However, in researching our family tree we discovered that my grandad Edward Colyer went to school in Grappenhall in 1893/94 along with two of his brothers and his family also lived in Lymm.
“Indeed my grandads father Henry Charles Colyer is buried in St Mary’s Church in Lymm having died in 1903 in the area.
“In September we twice visited Lymm and Grappenhall and we were very impressed at how nice both places are.
“When we lived in England prior to moving to Australia we went to Wilderspool many times to watch Bradford Northern as they were then, but never knew of Lymm as we weren’t aware of the family connection to the area.
“Unfortunately we arrived in England the week after the Lymm beer festival but Mike Lavelle was very kind in saving me some glasses from the event which are a nice souvenir.
“We went to St Mary’s Church to locate the gravestone of Henry Charles Colyer but it was very difficult to locate. However, a few people in the church who were holding a meeting at the time were extremely helpful and even dug out a floorplan from the safe which helped us identify the area where our relative is buried. One of the gentlemen then came outside with us to show us the area where we should be looking. Without this help we would have not found it as the gravestone had fallen over and was partially hidden but because we had the map we were able to find it using the names of the people nearby as a guide.
“We cannot thank people enough for making our visit very enjoyable with a couple of nice lunch time meals as well, once in Lymm and once in Grappenhall.
“I have for the last 6 months or so been downloading the monthly Lymm Life and Village Life etc and really enjoy reading these. Having now been to the area I can now identify with the content. Keep up the good work.”
Regards and best wishes
Andrew and Barbara Colyer