Robert (Bob) Hall


Bob Hall was well known for his large scrapbook on his family and Wetherby history. Bob could trace his family roots back to the mid 1700’s. His father, Percy Hall, had a shop in the Market Place. Bob was a lifelong member of the Wetherby Methodist Church. After attending business college in Leeds Bob worked for the Yorkshire Electricity Board and boasted that he switched on the electricity for Little Ribston. He was called up for the RAF in 1940 and was mentioned in Despatches for outstanding work and devotion to duty. Demobilized in 1946 Bob entered Local Government in Garforth. He married in September and Bob and Bessie built in their only home in North Grove Avenue. In 1954 Bob was appointed Deputy Clerk to Wetherby Rural District Council and was also Deputy Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. When local government was reorganised in 1974 Bob was transferred to Harrogate and became the Mayor’s Secretary until he retired in 1977. Bob and Bessie travelled extensively. Bob kept house for himself after he was widowed and became an active member of Wetherby’s Men’s Forum. After his death the famous scrapbook was taken by his son Robert for safe keeping at his home in New Jersey USA.

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