Back in August 2020 we received an email from the Leeds Parks Forum; ITV Calendar were looking to “tell the story of quirky, interesting, pictorially stunning areas which are spaces valued by the locals and those who visit“. We knew we met that criteria and sent in some information to producer Mark Witty.

We soon got the response that Mark wanted to make a film of the Park as one of four in Yorkshire for his Park Life feature on Calendar. He was particularly interested in the story of the Park being founded by F & A Parkinson, later part of Crompton Parkinson in Guiseley.

So, on a slightly damp late August day the filming took place – presenter was weather man Jon Mitchell, who certainly could keep us all informed of exactly when it was going to rain – almost to the second !!

We’d managed to get two people to be interviewed who really knew the Park, Barbara Winfield, whose father Norman Winfield had worked at Parkinsons all his life; and David Myers, an ex employee who has also made a number of films about Cromptons. To bring things up to date Mark also did short interviews with the Friends and also users, who agreed that the Park had been a ‘sanctuary’ during the events of 2020 – as well as at other times.

The Park is there became of the care Frank and Albert Parkinson took of their employees, and also the local area. It continues to be there because they inspired later generations to save it. A hope that had been made at Frank’s funeral in 1946’s in Guiseley Methodist church.

‘ We hope his life will be an inspiration to future Guiseley Boys and Girls’

You’ll find their story here

The Calendar ITV feature is here.

Our Facebook Group for all your personal stories of the Park is at Facebook Parkinson’s Park Guiseley,

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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