Born in 1935, a Mill Laner. Barry and his family were re-housed in The Hollings in the early 1950’s. Always a great lover of the outdoors, he as much as anybody spent a great part of his adolescent and later leisure time in the Fleet Beck ‘triangle’.
Barry completed his National Service in the REME and went on to work in Engineering culminating as a Foreman at the NCB Workshops at Allerton Bywater.
In 1956 he married Kathleen, a Ripon girl, sadly Kathleen died in May 2001, Kathleen had been affected by a stroke from being a young woman.
In later years Barry was to apply his interest in photography to his affection for this village. Although not regarded as part of the established local history circle, he maintained a photographic record of the northern area of Methley.
The crown of his local history achievements (in my view) being a step by step photographic record of the stages of construction of the new canal. I have used a number of his pictures on this site with the permissiopn of his daughter Carol.
Barry’s tragic death in September 1999 occurred whilst he was out ‘on location’ with his camera looking for photographic subjects for his collection.