Pode Hole’s longest resident?

Sid brighton, who has possibly lived in the village longer than any other resident, and some of the history books written by his son, Terry Brighton.
Sid brighton, who has possibly lived in the village longer than any other resident, and some of the history books written by his son, Terry Brighton.

Sid Brighton says he has lived in Pode Hole for about 86 years – he is 86 – which could make him the resident who has lived in the village for the longest time.

He grew up and worked on the family farm, Pode Hole Farm, and can remember a time when the village had two shops, two blacksmith shops, a railway station, a school where church services were also held, as well as a chapel which was opposite the current Post Office.

The school and chapel have been demolished, the railway station closed and all that remains is one shop.

Sid says: “The village has gone nearly to what it was.”

Sid went to school in the village, where he grew up with parents John Thomas and Emily Jane and two other brothers. One brother, Cecil, died about 20 years ago, but the other, Harold, who is known for writing booklets about the history of the village, is 97 and living in a nursing home in Spalding.

Sid and his late wife Gwen had two sons, one of whom, Michael, lives nearby, while Terry is currently living in Tenerife where he writes history books.

These include titles such as Hell Riders, the Truth about the Charge of the Light Brigade; The Last Charge, the 21st Lancers and the Battle of Omdurman; and Masters of Battle, Monty, Patton and Rommel at War.