Monthly Archives - April 2016

Drummers Band Infantry Regiment

Military Tunic Embellished With Fleur-De-Lis

Military Tunic The May 2016 edition of popular fashion magazine Vogue contains a feature exploring some of the Rolling Stones’ most unforgettable costumes, modelled by Kate Moss (Photographed by Craig McDean). One piece of clothing in particular caught our attention, which is the red drummers’ military tunic, traditionally worn by drummers in the bands of the Infantry regiment. “What the Stones did was to adopt the clothes of the establishment and make them irreverent and threatening.  Suddenly these gentlemanly suits become a raucously sexual kind of veneer over their wildness.” (Bella Freud, Vogue 2016). Mick Jagger had many military jackets, but the one pictured here is the only remaining example in the Rolling Stones archive. He actually bought it for approximately £4 from Robert Orbach at John Stephen on Carnaby Street and wore it for a performance on Ready Steady Go! on October 1966 and recollects that: “The next morning there was a line of about a hundred people wanting to buy it… [...]

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Haworth Primary Smart Board Donation

Wyedean is hugely proud of its deep roots in Haworth, and in addition to supporting the local community by employing many people from the village, it also supports various local charitable causes. From the Haworth 1940s weekend to Oxenhope Straw Race and more recently Haworth Primary School. Wyedean’s Managing Director, Robin Wright took great delight, this week, in visiting Haworth Primary School, to see first-hand, the positive impact an interactive learning aid that Wyedean donated has had on the pupils there. The school was recently inspected by Ofsted, the results of which concluded that it was outstanding in two categories and good in three others. But in order to maintain this level of excellence – which is a particular challenge given the current economic climate, and government cuts – the school has reached out to local businesses with a project called ‘The Business Friends of Haworth Primary School’. This project sees the school attempting to gain financial support from local businesses to help [...]

BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to Life

Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literary family the Brontes. To Walk Invisible will be filmed in and around Haworth during the months of May and June with the BBC promising to turn back the clock and transform Haworth’s famous Main Street to its former Victorian glory. A full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings is currently being built on the stunning, but windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury. This much anticipated BBC drama has been penned by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, with Johnathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame, cast as the Bronte’s father Patrick. Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) will play Emily, Finn Atkins (Common) will play Charlotte and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will take on the role of youngest sister Anne. To Walk Invisible promises to take a look at this [...]

Button Size Conversions

Ligne, or line, is a unit of measurement that was used for centuries prior to the adoption of metric system, to define the diameter of buttons, watch movements and in the manufacture of ribbon. Even in the modern world button sizes are still often defined by their ligne size with 1 ligne approximately equal to 1/40th of an inch. Some confusion still remains, however, as some countries calculate ligne measurements in different ways, for example in France, 1 inch is equal to 11 ligne. The accepted way to calculate the ligne of a button is to divide the button diameter in millimetres by 0.635. To keep things simple, we put together this simple chart to convert button sizes from ligne to mm, and vice versa.

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Why Should You Visit Bronte Country, Haworth?

Wyedean has been manufacturing military uniform accessories in Haworth for over 50 years, since 1964. One of the first challenges it faced upon its inception, was the uprooting of large, textile, narrow fabric looms, moving them the length of the country and then settling them back into production in Haworth. Wyedean was formally founded on 7th April, 1964, by David Angus Wright who was born in 1921 and educated just outside Haworth, at Keighley Boys’ Grammar School. Many of Wyedean’s current staff are from Haworth and the surrounding areas, and it is a community the company continues to support. Haworth remains a popular tourist destination for a variety reasons: Most notably it was home to the famous Brontë sisters. Haworth is an undisputed literary mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage museum and rolling moors, the picturesque proportions of this Airedale village exude a vintage charm that makes you feel like you’ve stepped [...]