Reported in the Pontefract and Castleford Express
When Cllr Arthur Wright, of Leeds Road, Methley, handed his riding check in at Savile Colliery last Friday, he ended 52 years of service there. In fact, he had worked at no other pit since the day he left school and took his place on the screens at Savile. Later he moved into the blacksmiths shop and then at 18 he went to the coal face as a ripper.
That was his work until his recent retirement.
From 1933 until the present time he served the National Union of Mineworkers as Delegate. He has been a member of Rothwell UDC through his connection with the Methley Labour Party. And has been a representative of the Methley Ward since 1946 and was Chairman in 1955. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1956 in the Queens Birthday Honours List. His other voluntary interests included the welfare of the elderly, he was also a member of the National Playing Fields Association Council.