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The club, in Old Mount Road, Marsden, is the place where poet Simon Armitage can be spotted occasionally with a pint in his hand.

Internationally known, he describes himself as “an apple that hasn’t fallen far from the tree”, and for the Marsden Versifier, Pule Side is on his doorstep.

In addition it’s the spiritual home of his dad Peter Armitage, panto writer extraordinaire, who has kept at least two generations of Marsdeners in stitches at the appropriate time each year.

The history of Pule Side WMC is a little shrouded, and its present masters are looking for people’s early memories of the club so they can put something special together for the 100th.

“It’s thought that 1907 was when a group of enthusiasts bought the land from the local mill-owning Crowther family,” said club secretary John Carter.

“It was a wooden hut until 1931, when the present building was put up. Until then, it has something of a reputation as a drinking ‘cot’.”

John says that it wasn’t uncommon for chaps to turn up on Friday at clocking-off time and not go home until Monday night, after sobering up at work.

Few drinking enthusiast can manage a nonstop 60-hour session these days, and even fewer would want to.

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