St Leonard's Hospice: Peter's story

Posted on 01 November 2012

My Grandad was born in 1929.

St Leonard's Hospice: Peter's story

At the age of three, his father died of tuberculosis.  He attended Tang Hall Primary School, passed his 11-Plus, and then attended Nunthorpe Grammar School.

He started work as a lift boy in Leak and Thorpe Department Store.  He then went to work at York Carriage works as a metal machinist.

He was interested in football and running, and he started running for York Harriers at the age of 18, just before he went into the army to do National Service.

My Grandad was invited to run in Manchester.  He was the first man to win the York Open Handicap.  He actually won it on his 21st birthday.

He was invited to run in France. He got married in 1952, and carried on running.

In 1954, my Granddad ran around the bar walls in York with a torch, to celebrate the Festival of Britain. 

My Grandad was on the committee of Poppleton Road Working Men’s Club for 10 years.  He started bowling in 1985; he ran the York Indoor Bowling Championship twice, in 1986 and 1988.

In 1994 my Grandad won the York Indoor singles, and the Christmas mixed bowls tournament with my Grandma. My Grandad has been Chair of York Indoor Bowls club for 15 years.

- Peter Littlewood’s  grandson