When I was growing up during those now far off post-war years down Hall Street in bonnie Colne, on the other side of the street at number 15 and 17, living next door to each other, were “The Two Bobs”.
At number 15 was Bob Thompson, Colne’s very first “teddy boy”, resplendent in his drape jacket, drain pipe trousers, the whole ensemble in emerald green with contrasting bottle green velvet collar and cuffs, plus electric blue silk lining with matching pearl-buttoned waistcoat, string tie, studded belt, luminous pink socks and his cobalt blue suede, two-inch crepe shoes, all topped off with Bob’s regulation side-burns, Tony Curtis quiff and a DA at the back!
Little wonder Bob won the title of “The Champion Bopper of 1957” at the Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall.
Next door at number 17 was Bob Spiers, without a doubt one of our area’s finest sportsmen of the 20th Century. Bob seen here in our picture on the left is receiving the prestigious “Footballer of the Year” trophy in 1961 for the Nelson, Colne and District Amateur League from, on the right, none other than the legendary Tom Finney.
Bob was a truly talented goalkeeper who over the years played for Colne Lads’ Club, Trawden and, at the time of his trophy award, Barnoldswick Park Rovers. Bob won medals with all three clubs, appearing in nine local cup finals, being on the winning side seven times.
Later Bob became an excellent golfer, winning many competitions, also becoming captain of Marsden Park Golf Club as he was the newly-crowned the winter league champion.
I was most proud to have known them both. Sadly Bobby Thompson died aged 52 and Bobby Spiers at 61. However, their names live on in the Colne Hall of Fame.