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Gentle Giant designs, develops, and manufactures three-dimensional representations of beloved characters from a variety of franchise properties with worldwide name recognition, including Marvel, Sucker Punch, Avatar, Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Hellboy Animated, Disney Dragonkind, Animated Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, Lord of the Rings, Red Star, Terminator, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Gentle Giant produces a wide range of products including mini busts, statues, Bust-Ups, action figures, 12" figures and models. Gentle Giant's products are manufactured using the highest quality of polyresin, resin, plastic, PVC and ABS. Utilizing the most advanced laser-scanning techniques and a team of incredibly talented artisans, Gentle Giant digitally captures the likenesses of actors, props, and scenery to accurately recreate these images for fans and collectors everywhere.

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7511 N San Fernando Blvd

Burbank, California, 91505,

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818-504-3555

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Nostalgia with Margaret Watson: Harry Laycock was the gentle giant of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury

Dec 12, 2021

We never forget the well-known characters that lived among us when we were children because they made such a big impression on us. Sunday, 12th December 2021, 6:30 pm Margaret Watson writes: We still remember Harry Smith, the school-board man; Mr Grimes , at the Dewsbury Baths; and Bobby Riley, who patrolled Crow Nest Park. However, when I started writing this column, I realised there had been other characters living in outlying villages, of which I knew nothing. I learned of them from readers who were anxious that the “characters” from their village would not be forgotten. Sign up to our daily Dewsbury Reporter Today newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Sign up Submitting... This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. ADVENTURES: This was one of the beauty spots in Thornhill which the children of the locality visited as part of their summer treks through the district with their ‘hero’ Harry Laycock. Is this the pond where they tried to catch sticklebacks by hand but never did? A firm favourite in Thornhill Lees and Thornhill had been Harold Laycock, a big strapping lad, over six foot, known by everyone as the “gentle giant”. Children followed him everywhere, especially during long summer school holidays, and parents were happy for them to accompany him. In many ways Harry became an unofficial “child minder” for many youngsters, and he became their hero. They respected him as much as they did their parents and those who went on treks with him learned a great deal about the countryside and the wildlife living there. Harry’s favourite expression was a “bonk on the conk”, which he delivered with a tap on the head with a rolled up newspaper to every youngster he greeted. Some years ago I asked through this column if people could give me more information about Harold and I was inundated with calls from those who’d known him. The first was the late Bill Beattie, of Thornhill Lees, who recalled how the children would wait expectantly for him clutching their bottles of water and jam sandwiches in a paper bag. He would gather them all together and they’d set off in a column along Lees Hall Road, turning up Green Lane, just before Milner Grace’s shop, and past Sutcliffe’s Farm. They’d stop to play a few minutes in a dilapidated wreck of a pick-up-truck and continue under the railway bridge and up Ouzlewell Lane. Following the stream by Pepper’s Farm they’d eventually reach the wood where Harry pointed out the rabbit holes, the mouse nests, and birds’ nests, always telling them never to take eggs from a nest. Jumping over the stream they’d walk past Paradise Farm, stopping by the pond to look at sticklebacks or frog spawn. Then past the old Reformatory School where Harry told them they might end up if they were naughty. Continuing along the bottom of the golf links, they reached a pond where they would paddle and try to catch sticklebacks with their hands, but never did. It was here where they sat to eat their sandwiches, basking in the glorious sunshine which seemed in those days to last from the beginning of school holidays to the end. Setting off again, they walked along the footpath above Ouzlewell Farm where “Three Boys’ Hill” was located and at a spot known by the locals as ”Back a ‘Moonin”. It was called this because when the moon was low, it just appeared to be suspended above the cottages situated at the top of Ouzlewell Lane. They then walked along Foxroyd Lane and down Overthorpe Road where they’d meet up with the children from Thornhill. If there were enough of them, they would play a game of cricket or football, on the Pit sports field, but there was never any trouble. Finally they would call time and say their farewells and set off on the last part of their trek home. Another reader who contacted me about Harry was John Croft, of Thornhill, who has just published a book in verse called “Rhymes of a Dewsbury Lad”. Not surprisingly, he has included in it a poem about Harry which sums up all what I had been told about him, which I publish below. Written in Yorkshire dialect, it is a joy to read, for it reminds us of the freedom children were once allowed to enjoy. It also reminds us of the many farms which once existed in Thornhill Lees and Thornhill, which has now been turned into housing. Here it is – and I hope you haven’t forgotten how to read out loud in broad Yorkshire dialect: HARRY LAYCOCK A truly smashing bloke Trusted by the older folk Harry lived i’ Thornhill Lees He’d attended Grammar School And fo’t kids he always acted daft But he certainly wor no fool. He’d arrive wi’ quite a fanfare Blowing on a horn The children would be borne They’d shout out to ther’ mothers “Mam were going off wi’ Arry” T’ mothers happily waved ‘em off The kids they did not tarry So he would usually stand around And with a skip and hop The local kids would join him Coming from all over t’ shop He’d tek ‘em off to Emroyd Wood Or for a walk along The Tops He’d point out all the plants and trees And then there were several stops And that’s when he’d mek a paper plane For each and every kid Oh and he wor really famous For another thing he did As t’children walked behind him Well behaved and in a row There wor allus one that messed abaht And you’d hear Harry go. “Take this bonk upon yer conk And don’t do it again Get yersen to back o’ t’line And just behave thissen. The kids have had a ball And then he tells ‘em listen aht For my next rallying call And that wor Harry Laycock A truly smashing bloke Trusted by the older folk. The book, priced £9.99, is available at Spenborough Stationers, Albion Street, Cleckheaton, and online – http://https/myrhymebook.weebly.com See more here: https://www.batleynews.co.uk/must-read/nostalgia-with-margaret-watson-memories-of-local-character-percy-doc-grundell-3274705

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