Pat Flood - Tells of His Life Of Horses, Drays & Shows


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Patrick Joseph Flood was born at Bury in Lancashire on 25th April 1922.  His Father, Grandfather and cousins were all horsemen.  His Grandfather was a horse dealer and self employed carrier and here you will hear how he daily worked taking cotton from the Mills of Bury to the Cotton Exchange in Manchester and then collecting raw cotton from the Salford canal on the way back.

When it was no longer viable to keep a horse as a self employed carrier, Pat refused to turn to mechanisation and got a job as Head Horseman for Twaites, brewers of Blackburn where he would daily delivery barrelled and bottled beer with the horses to their local public houses.  He furthermore showed Twaites single, pairs and four horse teams in shows across the country.

After ten years at Twaites Pat moved on to the famous Hull Brewery.  One of his horses here, a seventeen and a half hands Cleveland bay gelding, Prince, was estimated to have covered more than 15,000 miles and delivered over 10,000 tons of goods in his nineteen years.  Pat took him to the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley where he was awarded the ‘Personality of the Year’ prize.

When Hull brewery decided that they could no longer afford to deliver and show horses, Pat then moved to Coalite where he won many cups in competition with amongst others, his old friend Harry Ranson, of Youngs Brewery who he first met at the Royal Lancashire Show at Salford in 1947.

Time:  1 hour & 15 minutes  Produced:  November 2008

Product Code: NLDVD55




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