Jeff Mellor looks as back at some of the times St George’s Square has been the starting point for a journey, both for himself and for his father.

The Square has always been a meeting point for people with somewhere to go. I have a couple of postcards addressed to my Dad from the secretary, Leonard Oldham, of the Huddersfield Billiards and Snooker Association to confirm my thoughts. He was informed that he had been selected to play for Huddersfield in the Yorkshire League and to meet in the square. This goes back to the early 1950s and the Huddersfield Snooker and Billiards team would go on a coach along with their supporters to away matches leaving from the square.

Postcard, courtesy of Jeff Mellor

In 1979 the Colne Valley representative side met in the Square to go to Germany to play in a football tournament and returned four days later with their trophies after a successful trip. During the 1980s many football teams met in the Square on a Saturday lunch time before jumping into their cars and heading off to their games. Parking wasn’t as restrictive as it is now.

The tournament took place in Colne Valley’s twin town, Overath. Photo, courtesy Jeff Mellor

I’ve met many a time in the Square over the years to go on race trips, Blackpool trips and stag dos. These were all made easy as coaches could park without difficulty in those days. Alas, things change and now the Square is a place to meet before jumping on a train to go further afield but it is still a place to leave from as in the past.