Nim Carline farm Daisy Hill
Name: Nim Carline farm Daisy Hill
Description: Photograph of Daisy Hill at the bottom of King George Avenue in Morley, where Nim Carline had his rhubarb farm
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Sheila Broadbent (nee Warrington) once worked alongside one of our region's sporting greats in Morley.
Beryl Burton mural 1
Name: Beryl Burton mural 1
Description: Photograph of the Beryl Burton mural in Morley town centre
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Bridge Street allotments 1
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Description: Photograph of Bridge Street allotments where Sheila and her husband had a plot
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Sheila spent many years working on one of Morley's rhubarb farms owned by cyclist Nim Carline, on King George Avenue between Morley and Churwell. The farm grew rhubarb inside big, low sheds and mushrooms outside in the fields. Sheila recalls the 'magic' inside the sheds and how she loved working in there as you could hear the rhubarb leaves crackling as they opened in the darkness.

Sheila knew Nim and her fellow rhubarb worker Beryl Burton from their cycling club. On one race with Beryl, she recalls turning back when they got to Wakefield whereas Beryl kept going until Doncaster. Beryl was known for her endurance and regularly carried out the labourious jobs on Carline's farm. It is thought that this work helped her win all those medals and championships as the Russian officials once visited the farm to see what made her so successful.

Sheila gave up working when she had her second of four children. She says that her job working with rhubarb was one of the nicest as her colleagues were friendly. Sheila remembers one event they went to at a hotel in Leeds at which there was a pie-baking competition. Unfortunately, Sheila put too much sugar in her pie but it tasted better than anyone else's.

Rhubarb has clearly played an important part in Sheila's life, tying in with the allotment that she and her husband tended to on Bridge Street in Morley where they grew chrysanthemums and kept bees. As Sheila puts it, "I've had a good life and rhubarb was just part of it."

You can listen to parts of Sheila's interview and read the full transcript below.

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