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Friday, October 5, 2007 15:26
Carey Overend
Regarding the message from Denis Pickles on the "Karaoke @the Bull" (01/08/2007). You mentioned the name of Carey Overend / Bullock. I now live in the cottage at the end of the terrace, across from the Kings, and was told about this chap upon buying the house. I was intrigued by the character and tried to find out more, but couldn't find anything and thought i'd been spun a yarn! Seemingly not!!

Also just to say that since moving to the village I have been made to feel very welcome, (even though i am origionally from o'er border) - so many thanks to everybody in the village!
Friday, October 5, 2007 19:30
You have no idea of the can of worms that you have opened. Many tales have been and will no doubt be told, about Carey. All of them will have an element of truth and many will be completely true. He was a man small in stature but frightened of nothing and no one. He would voice his opinion for all to hear and would use words that in those days were offensive. I cannot remember anyone taking offence although I suppose I was too young to appreciate just what went on. I can remember my Dad telling one tale about Carey waving them off when they left to go to Wembley for the Rugby League final and bemoaning the fact that he was unable to afford to go. They were all astounded when they arrived at the stadium to be met by Carey in his Sunday best. We were never told how he got there. Sadly, he and other characters like Zeke, no longer exist.
You did right to migrate from over the border. Whilst I no longer live in Sutton, I still think of it as home. I only left there 51 years ago.
Denis Pickles
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 09:00

I cannot vouch for the veracity of this story about Carey but there must be 'summat' in it. It goes something like this ............

It was a dark night during WWll - during the blackout. The double decker buses from Keighley used to terminate at Sutton. They came up Holme Lane, swung left near the cart sheds next to the Black Bull, stopped and reversed back to the bus stop in front of Hardacre's garden. [where the closed public [in]conveniences now stand] The story goes that one dark night, the bus, whilst reversing, sadly ran over Mrs Carey Overend who was taken off by ambulance to the hospital in Keighley where she died - or perhaps she was dead on arrival. Anyway, Carey had been in the habit of making a regular evening visit to the fish and chip shop run by David Coleman which, as you will know Gary, was situated just across the road from your house in the little yard behind the Kings Arms. Fish and chips were not rationed and David did a thriving business, although queuing was the norm. Carey's order was 'Fish and Chips twice'. On the night in question, after the accident, as usual Carey made his way over t' t' chip 'oil, ordering 'fish and chips once'. David Coleman, knowing of the accident commiserated with Carey saying something like, 'Eee Carey, I am sorry to 'ere about thi' wife!' To which Carey is reputed to have said, 'Aye. It's a bit of a b****r. She has t' coil 'oil key in er pocket.'

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 15:34
Sounds like quite a character old Carey! Hopefully the reputation doesn't go with the house?
dennis marklew
Sunday, October 28, 2007 10:51
another tale regarding Carey who was in the habit of visiting the Bull tap oil on Sat morning after tending his allotment on Bridge road and was the butt of a bit of mickey taking now and then.
Jack Ketts, another village character sadly no longer with us, entered and told Carey he had better get back to his allotment because his shed was onfire. It cant be, was the retort, I av t key in mi pockit!
Denis Pickles
Sunday, October 28, 2007 11:26
As well as Carey, there were several other Overend's living in the village when I was a lad. I remember Cissie and Albert. Albert was a tailor of the old fashioned sort. He lived in Rosewood Square where he and his wife? [could have been a sister?] had a little drapers shop. Albert's workplace was on the first floor where he squatted on a large wooden table, tape measure draped round his shoulders and a pair of huge sharp scissors easily to hand. [David Kossoff and Alfie Bass Never Mind the Quality Feel the width!] I recall being measured for a pair of short trousers which were to be for Sunday best, going for a fitting and finally getting them to wear - Prince of Wales check! I looked a reight bobby dazzlers in me new britches! I think that I must have had them for Whitsuntide because I remember ruining them by sitting in a cow clap in Thompson's field on the occasion of the Sunday School Sports. Albert too was a bit a character. I think of him whenever I watch repeats of 'Open All Hours'. He had the same kind of speech impediment! Cissie was unmarried and lived in a cold old house behind the 'Up Sutton' Coop. Rising damp, no hot water - just a stone slop sink with a cold tap, outside lavvy. The house was pulled down in the mid fifties? - slum clearance I think. She then moved down the High Sreet close to where Albert had lived. Salt of the earth was Cissie.
Kevin Bainbridge
Monday, October 29, 2007 19:27
Last year while browsing the BBC WW2 People's War site I came across the following article which mentions Sutton and will be of interest to all those following the antics of the Overends at the time and anyone attending the county primary school then.

My dad (Jack Bainbridge) remembers the sudents being in school and can add support to the reputation of the undertaker with the bicycle (Arthur? Overend)!

He also reckons that the girl who made the daily trek from the farm at the top of Sutton Clough was called Freda Hargreaves & she was always held up as an example by the head for her 100% attendance record even in the harshest of weather

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