Clitheroe childhood inspires novels

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.
Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.
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An author from West Yorkshire has drawn upon her earliest childhood memories in Clitheroe for two novels, “Wild River” and its sequel, “River Revenge”.

June Moore now lives in Baildon, near Leeds, but still recalls her childhood and in particular strong memories of living close to rivers – memories which helped to inspire her novels.

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

June told the Clitheroe Advertiser: “In the early ’30s my grandparents and family owned the Hodder Bridge Hotel, situated on the Lower Hodder. It was a very popular place, so the family said, with a swimming pool and ballroom overlooking the river.

“There were tea dances and people staying to fish the river and visit their sons and grandsons at Stonyhurst College nearby. My aunt had a duck and poultry farm across the road, providing fresh produce for the table.

My mother and father were married at Mitton Church and I was christened there. As a child there were memories ofthe place, including rats on the premises and the family on a rota to ensure none reached my bedroom!

“Above all there was the atmosphere of the river and the birds and the wildlife surrounding it.”

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

With such vivid memories, it is hardly surprising that June chose her childhood home as the setting for her first novel, “Wild River”, a mystery romance which won the Katie Ffordie prize and a bursary for the novel most likely to succeed. Characters in the book also share June’s family name of Whittaker.

The heroine of Wild River is Rusty, whose summer stay at the lovely house on the river is beset with a strange mystery and menace surrounding its owner, the old Mrs Whittaker. With more twists and turns than the river itself, the plot will keep you guseeing right to the end.

June has also now penned its sequel, “River Revenge”, and both books are available to download for Kindle e-readers at www.amazon.co.uk

June has also sent the photos featured on this page, all connected with the Hodder Bridge Hotel when her family owned it back in the 1930s.

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

Hodder Bridge Hotel, Clitheroe.

The cover of June Moore's novel, Wild River

The cover of June Moore's novel, Wild River