Book Launch – Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary

Date: 19 October 2011
Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Market Street, Hebden Bridge. West Yorkshire
Tel: 01422 847321
Organiser: Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society

Stephen Curry will be giving a talk with photos about his colaboration with Mr Takayoshi Andoh to publish Takayoshi’s father’s diary. Koichi Andoh came to Hebden Bridge in 1935 to work for and teach hatchery workers the art of « chicken Sexing » His amazing journey saw him sail from Nagoya to London by steam ship and then travel by train to Hebden Bridge. Koichi kept a diary from th day he left Nagoya until the day he returned to his beloved Japan six months later. Takayoshi only discoverd the diary and a photo album in the late 1990’s and he made a trip to Hebden Bridge in 2001 to see where his father had worked. He stayed at Stephen’s guest house « Angeldale » and as a result they agreed to translate the diary and make it available to a wider readerhip. Stephen’s talk will be preceeded by a short introduction by Ann Kilbey into the history of the hatchery industry in the Upper Calder Valley and why the expert Japanese ‘sexers’ came to the area.

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