Annual Yorkshire Hat Throwing Championship

30 Jul

Glyn Watkins presents the Annual County Hat Throwing Championship.

All welcome. Hats Provided. Certificates for accurate hatting.

Entry by donation. Any profit shared between Calderdale Industrial Museum & Bradford Woolly Heritage community Interest Company.

Sunday 1st August, 12.00 – 15.00. Piece Hall, Halifax.

See @hatthrowing on instagram.

I’m on BBC Radio WM 11.10 11/06/2021

11 Jun

I am being interviewed by Caroline Martin about red hair

My Wayne Jacobs Little Red Book is available on eBay

Happy Corvid 20 Christmas

24 Dec

Happy Christmas. As you can see from the above I filled to get Lottery funding from the Arts Council but Woolly Blaise 21 will still happen, but on a much smaller scale. Below is the original images of the picture and poem just after I finished them on 8th December.

Pie & Priestley

7 Sep

Never mind the Meat and Potato Pie that defied Hitler – here is the show that defied Covid. 

We are  very pleased to announce that Glyn’s one man show based on the life and work of JB Priestley will be going ahead on Sunday 13 September – An important day as it is both Glyn and JB Priestley’s birthday. 

The show, which Glyn has been producing for over 20 years, features illustrated readings of Priestley works and the story of one of Bradford’s most famous sons, and one of the most successful actors and playwrights of the 20th Century’s; and is built around the story of a Bradford pie shop that survived the Blitz; that Priestley made world famous in a wartime broadcast 

The ticket price includes a pint or a softie and a Meat and Potato Pie or vegetarian option of a Butter Pie and tickets are available direct from Jacobs Well. 

Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing so please book in advance. 

It all starts at Midday and costs £7 direct  or £8.14 online.

In the event that live performances are once again suspended Glyn and Dan are filming the show and we will have that ready to go instead, it will be held outside if the weather’s fine. 

Date: Sunday 13 September 

Time: 12 Noon

Place: Jacobs Well Pub   14 Kent Street, BD1 5RL Bradford 

Tickets:  £7

Pie & Priestley 2020. 13th Sept. Jacobs Well.12.00-14.00,

26 Aug

My 60th birthday, and what would have been J.B.Priestley’s 126th Birthday. My show, pie, peas, pint for £7!!

Check Bradford Woolly Heritage show news

Live stream Walk Around the Wool Exchange

9 Aug
I will be ‘officially’ launching with 2 attempted Live Stream Guided Walks Around the Wool Exchange, on the 156th Anniversary of it’s foundation. Please give it a look, and sign up for news if you like
I will be doing 2 walks.
13.00. Using Facebook Live at
13.30 using Prism Studio to broadcast to the backblaise YouTube channel at and possibly other media’s, including Facebook again. Please like, comment and subscribe, especially to the  YouTube channel.
I was on Radio Leeds Saturday maorning talking about all this. I should be about 70 minutes in, after the 07.00 news.



Blaise 2020 better than ever

13 May

Sorry for the lack of news, basically Bradford Woolly Heritage Community Interest Company stuff distracted me; and was going involve a new website for all the stuff that has appeared on here.

The Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival had a near record attendance; and the Friday night talk was near capacity.

Blaise Festival News

30 Jan

I was interviewed 30th Jan. 2020 at 16.50. on Bradford Community Broadcasting. Follow the link and I am on the Drive Time Thursday 30 January 4 – 5pm, at 10 minutes from the end. Bradford Community Broadcasting listen again

I am also interviewed by Andrew Edwards of Radio Leeds on Saturday at 06,50. That’s around 55 minutes in if you listen again

The Annual Blaise walk on Saturday is met 11.00. at Impressions Gallery, but setting off no earlier than 11.20. and no later than 11.30. A collection will be taken, £5 suggested minimum

We finished at Jacobs Well by about 13.30. where pub cooked pie, peas and a pint for £5. was enjoyed. unnamed


Bring Back Blaise Wool Festival at Bradford Industrial Museum Sunday 2nd Feb. 11.00. – 16.00.

29 Jan


See Bradford Industrial Museum Event Page



Blaise Wool Fair Bradford Industrial Museum 11.00. to 16.00. Sunday 2nd Feb. Free in. Donaions urged

24 Jan