Jack and his wife Elizabeth Mann and by then their two children Harvey and Christopher settled in Huddersfield, where they had been for a while, as the boys were due to go to school and both Jack and Liz were full of the romance of Yorkshire, they had after all met in 'Jane Eyre' and loved the wildness of the moors; Huddersfield is where they would raise their growing family and spend the rest of their lives.

They lived in a rented house in Berry Brow (often pointed out years later when visiting Castle Hill), a flat in a larger house called Grafton Place (where the university now stands) this place was by all accounts pretty grim and then to a council house in Fernside Avenue, Waterloo. Here Sarah and Tim were born.

They had originally arrived in Huddersfield with the Denville players and over the years there put on many many productions with Jack producing and acting. The company included Kate Cameron, David Courtnay, Olive Simpson, Kenneth Waller, Fred Ferris Nita Valerie, Rita Davis, Peter Thorpe and Judith Spivey.

The Theatre Royal was eventually demolished - vandalism some would say - and that was probably the catalyst for Jack to seek work in TV. Granada TV was only just over the Pennines in Manchester and the early days of TV were very similar to rep - a company of players and live.




Jack in the flies at Huddersfield Theatre Royal
photo© Alma Sturney
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