Trotted out so often is the decline of the West Yorkshire textile trade that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a thing to be pitied; something to be nursed back to health, if not forcibly and regularly mouth-to-mouthed.
In some cases, that’s true. There has been a drastic contraction in the number of mills and the volume of wool made in the Heavy Woollen District. But while this corner of Yorkshire is no longer the centre of the woollen world, and the mohair mill’s locale is very much not on-the-up, the makers that remain here are keeping step with the march of progress. Some, indeed, are in rude health — not so much clinging on as getting better with age — and there’s a belief that those left standing are the fittest and best and are here to stay.