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Imagine a world without computers, gyms, playstations, mobiles, satellite TV and iPods. What did people do with their leisure time, if they had any? How did they keep fit and healthy? How did children cope with the boredom?

To find out, staff from Age Concern Calderdale assisted by Millennium Volunteers from Ryburn Valley High School and pupils from St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Halifax) and Crossley Heath School interviewed over 30 older people from different parts of Calderdale. They told us about playing out, Sunday School sports days, riding on a tandem to Whitby, running races in their bare feet and the enjoyment of playing and watching a wide range of sports.

Even though working conditions were hard and money was scarce, people made the most of their leisure time. Childhoods were spent outdoors; teenagers enjoyed dancing and the cinema. Adult hobbies ranged from keeping pigeons to making model aircraft.

Older people are often underestimated and undervalued in today's world. However the wisdom and zest for life of the interviewees shines through their memories and stories. They show that history is not just about big events and famous individuals, but is also in the details of ordinary people's everyday lives.

This exhibition is just a small sample of the sport and leisure activities that people participated in throughout Calderdale between 1920 and 1980 - we hope you enjoy it! We also hope it will encourage people to continue with their sport and leisure activities, or inspire them to take up new ones.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in Sport in Past Times. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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