"Pop Turner" (Leonard Edgar Turner)
Grateful thanks to Mr. Keith Turner for providing us with these images and commentary. My father worked at High Royds
from the early 1950’s to 1971 starting as a student nurse and becoming a Charge Nurse before he left to go to Bournemouth
to run a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre with my mother. He played football (you have some photo’s of him already) and
cricket and my brother and I both scored for the cricket teams in the 1960’s.
The furthest fixture I can recall was to visit Lancaster to play Lancaster Moor Hospital.
Thank you for a great website which brought back many memories on the cricket pitch with the cinder track around, and the
ballroom which my father and fellow nurse Ernest French and their patients used to decorate for about a month before Xmas
ready for the patients and staff Christmas parties.
I also remember being taken into the engine house where the electricity was generated using two enormous submarine engines
(so I was told), the cobblers shop and then led up the huge corridor on the male side going through numerous locked doors which
my father meticulously unlocked and locked as we passed through.
He also told me that when the Italian workmen laid the mosaic floor in the corridors they had a screen around them so that people
could not see how they laid the mosaic."
At various times he would take the patients on holiday and they went to Marske by the sea (near Redcar), Grassington and Middleton