Lorraine Simpson has transcribed the diaries of a Quaker relative, John Edward Bowman, born 1868 who recorded his life in great detail from 1884. Her book is due to be published soon. Lorraine will talk about the part of this draper’s life in which he lived in Wakefield. John came to Wakefield to work in a Quaker relative’s two drapers’ shops in Wakefield and by 1898 John had bought his own shop on Doncaster Road opposite the cemetery. He recorded many local events and also mentioned local people. He was a family man with four children and was active, enjoying cycling and travelling by train. The talk will be held the 4th June.