Growing up in Victorian Bolton was definitely not easy for Allen and Midge. Life was harsh, what with dangerous mill work,ever-present hunger, and their shoeless feet always cold. But these two young milltown boys were determined to have as much fun as they could, getting into plenty of mischief on the way. Their often hilarious escapades make for tremendously entertaining reading, but while we can laugh at some of their daring adventures, we have to remember that this is not fiction - these boys were real and all that is described here is true.
The author was one of Lancashire's most celebrated dialect poets, and a Lancashire windmill enthusiast. His granddaughter is a brilliant ambassador for him and his work, very adept at getting publicity, and a fantastic speaker.