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  The Skipton washing line 15 July 2004  
How a group of Yorkshire women were determined to save a tradition

For generations the women of Skipton have pegged out their washing on lines strung across the back alley that separates Thornton Street from Clitheroe Street.

But when a man complained that this practice prevented him parking his car behind his house, it looked as though this tradition might come to an end.

Margaret Hicks has lived in the street all her life and was determined to galvanise a group of women into fighting back.  She tells Shelia why she felt this was a tradition worth preserving.


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