Residents of Bronte Country are puzzled by a paper’s article about ‘fresh-air frolics'

John Huxley in a car park overlooking Stanbury

John Huxley in a car park overlooking Stanbury

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Claims that Bronte Country is a magnet for fans of al fresco love have left locals in bewildered disbelief.

A national newspaper ran a two-page article on Sunday which said its reporter had witnessed “lust-crazed couples invading the moors around the parish of Haworth for bawdy fresh-air frolics”.

It stated that so-called “doggers” – people who enjoy sex with strangers in car parks – were drawn like Cathy’s ghost to the moors for after-dark assignations in lay-bys and pull-ins.

But the claims have been met with puzzlement from local councillors and the Bronte Society, while police said they had received no reports of the activity in the area.

Bradford Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “I’ve been the local elected representative for 14 years and never once has a resident, businessman, worker, walker or car park user ever contacted me about such ‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’.

“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

National tabloid journalist turned Haworth Parish Council chairman John Huxley dared to question the veracity of the Sunday paper’s probe.

“It looks like a figment of somebody’s imagination to me,” laughed Mr Huxley. “I’ve heard most things, but never this. I have regular meetings with community police and such behaviour has never been mentioned. But if there was such a problem, I’m sure the police would know and sort it out.”

Sergeant Chris Watson, of Bingley and Worth Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are not aware of any reports. However, we would encourage anyone with any concerns or information to contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team and we will investigate.”

In the article, the theme of the Bronte sisters’ literary magic wove its way through the paper’s racey prose.

Having correctly said literary lovers flock to Haworth, home of the famous sisters, it then revealed that: “When night falls, the deserted country roads lure sexual thrill-seekers.” The article promised to expose some of the “nocturnal nookie” taking place in a car park near the Bronte waterfalls.

A woman, identified only as “Sam”, was reported to have said: “I’ve read Wuthering Heights a few times and the thought of being out on the moor with a fella like Heathcliff really gets my blood running (sic).”

But it was the literary reference to Heathcliff which left the Bronte Society’s Ann Dinsdale shocked.

“I find it very hard to believe anyone who had actually read Wuthering Heights ‘a few times’ could view Heathcliff as a romantic figure,” said Ann. “I’m not too sure about this story, but it makes a change from wheel-clampers,” she laughed.

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10:44am Tue 9 Oct 12

Joedavid says...

Bradford Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “I’ve been the local elected representative for 14 years and never once has a resident, businessman, worker, walker or car park user ever contacted me about such ‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’.

“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

No wonder Bradford district in such a mess if this is all the chap as bothered about in 14 years.
Bradford Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “I’ve been the local elected representative for 14 years and never once has a resident, businessman, worker, walker or car park user ever contacted me about such ‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’. “I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.” No wonder Bradford district in such a mess if this is all the chap as bothered about in 14 years. Joedavid
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11:12am Tue 9 Oct 12

angry bradfordian says...

‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’- it sounds like something from a Carry On film!

I'm not sure why anybody would know about it if it was going on. Who would be out in the Stanbury Car Park after dark for any reason other than 'frolics'?

I can't see a problem with it. Nobody's complained, so nobody can have been affected by it and I'm sure that the police have better things to do.
It sounds more like Rita, Sue & Bob rather than Cathy and Heathcliff!
‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’- it sounds like something from a Carry On film! I'm not sure why anybody would know about it if it was going on. Who would be out in the Stanbury Car Park after dark for any reason other than 'frolics'? I can't see a problem with it. Nobody's complained, so nobody can have been affected by it and I'm sure that the police have better things to do. It sounds more like Rita, Sue & Bob rather than Cathy and Heathcliff! angry bradfordian
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11:51am Tue 9 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

If the Police do investigate, and then found no evidence of such activities, the 'newspaper' in question should be charged with wasting Police time.
If the Police do investigate, and then found no evidence of such activities, the 'newspaper' in question should be charged with wasting Police time. A Casual Observer
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12:00pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

There is after dark frolicking ongoing, nipple clamping.
There is after dark frolicking ongoing, nipple clamping. Prisoner Cell Block A
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12:36pm Tue 9 Oct 12

johnhem says...

Joedavid wrote:
Bradford Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “I’ve been the local elected representative for 14 years and never once has a resident, businessman, worker, walker or car park user ever contacted me about such ‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’.

“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

No wonder Bradford district in such a mess if this is all the chap as bothered about in 14 years.
we have a councillor concerned about clamping complaints? bandwagon again i think. wake up miller, park properly and don't overstay.. no clamping, easy as that. get on with real issues for once and stop playing to the crowd. anyone that can't follow the rules deserves clamping, its no different to doing 50mph in a 40mph zone and getting a fine from a speed camera, both wrong and EARNED by the driver.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Bradford Councillor Glen Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “I’ve been the local elected representative for 14 years and never once has a resident, businessman, worker, walker or car park user ever contacted me about such ‘bawdy fresh-air frolics’. “I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.” No wonder Bradford district in such a mess if this is all the chap as bothered about in 14 years.[/p][/quote]we have a councillor concerned about clamping complaints? bandwagon again i think. wake up miller, park properly and don't overstay.. no clamping, easy as that. get on with real issues for once and stop playing to the crowd. anyone that can't follow the rules deserves clamping, its no different to doing 50mph in a 40mph zone and getting a fine from a speed camera, both wrong and EARNED by the driver. johnhem
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12:53pm Tue 9 Oct 12

itsakasi says...

anyone know a good supplier of night vision goggles in the Haworth area
?
anyone know a good supplier of night vision goggles in the Haworth area ? itsakasi
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1:52pm Tue 9 Oct 12

LovingItLive says...

Cold Edge Road above Wharley Moor Reservoir is a notorious area for this from sunset onwards. It always makes me chuckle when up there on an evening on the mountain bike.

The amount of innocent looking people parked up waiting for nightfall, We've caught a few people at it in the past. It gives us something to laugh about in the pub with the post ride pint
Cold Edge Road above Wharley Moor Reservoir is a notorious area for this from sunset onwards. It always makes me chuckle when up there on an evening on the mountain bike. The amount of innocent looking people parked up waiting for nightfall, We've caught a few people at it in the past. It gives us something to laugh about in the pub with the post ride pint LovingItLive
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2:55pm Tue 9 Oct 12

BD16 says...

“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley?
“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.” Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley? BD16
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3:39pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Respect For All says...

BD16 wrote:
“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley?
:D

Not sure which is worse. The night-time fiddlers..or those watching the fiddling...;)
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: “I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.” Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley?[/p][/quote]:D Not sure which is worse. The night-time fiddlers..or those watching the fiddling...;) Respect For All
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4:38pm Tue 9 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

Respect For All wrote:
BD16 wrote:
“I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.”

Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley?
:D

Not sure which is worse. The night-time fiddlers..or those watching the fiddling...;)
Or those watching those watching the fiddling.
[quote][p][bold]Respect For All[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: “I’ve been more concerned with complaints about clamping in car parks.” Is that a euphemism Mr Huxley?[/p][/quote]:D Not sure which is worse. The night-time fiddlers..or those watching the fiddling...;)[/p][/quote]Or those watching those watching the fiddling. A Casual Observer
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4:38pm Tue 9 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

itsakasi wrote:
anyone know a good supplier of night vision goggles in the Haworth area
?
Summerscales?
[quote][p][bold]itsakasi[/bold] wrote: anyone know a good supplier of night vision goggles in the Haworth area ?[/p][/quote]Summerscales? A Casual Observer
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4:40pm Tue 9 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

LovingItLive wrote:
Cold Edge Road above Wharley Moor Reservoir is a notorious area for this from sunset onwards. It always makes me chuckle when up there on an evening on the mountain bike.

The amount of innocent looking people parked up waiting for nightfall, We've caught a few people at it in the past. It gives us something to laugh about in the pub with the post ride pint
Post-ride pint? I thought it was traditional to smoke a cig.
[quote][p][bold]LovingItLive[/bold] wrote: Cold Edge Road above Wharley Moor Reservoir is a notorious area for this from sunset onwards. It always makes me chuckle when up there on an evening on the mountain bike. The amount of innocent looking people parked up waiting for nightfall, We've caught a few people at it in the past. It gives us something to laugh about in the pub with the post ride pint[/p][/quote]Post-ride pint? I thought it was traditional to smoke a cig. A Casual Observer
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4:52pm Tue 9 Oct 12

BigFigure says...

Can anyone supply me with relevant postcodes for my Sat Nav, please?
Can anyone supply me with relevant postcodes for my Sat Nav, please? BigFigure
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5:29pm Tue 9 Oct 12

sam-tyler says...

Castle Hill in Huddersfield is another good place to be after dark. ;)

Consenting adults, well out of the way, what's the problem?
Castle Hill in Huddersfield is another good place to be after dark. ;) Consenting adults, well out of the way, what's the problem? sam-tyler
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6:39pm Tue 9 Oct 12

legallyblonde says...

I hope they have thermals on its a bit chilly tonight lol
I hope they have thermals on its a bit chilly tonight lol legallyblonde
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7:41pm Tue 9 Oct 12

ShineyDave says...

What a load of old cobblers, the real action takes place nearer to Wycoller Reservoir.

Errrrrrrrrrrrrr

So they tell me ..................
What a load of old cobblers, the real action takes place nearer to Wycoller Reservoir. Errrrrrrrrrrrrr So they tell me .................. ShineyDave
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7:56pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Walruss says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
There is after dark frolicking ongoing, nipple clamping.
Nipple clamping - LOL !!!!!!

Don't give Ted any ideas.

I wonder if they need a snack bar or something.

I might take up a hot-dogging stand!

Boom-tish !!!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: There is after dark frolicking ongoing, nipple clamping.[/p][/quote]Nipple clamping - LOL !!!!!! Don't give Ted any ideas. I wonder if they need a snack bar or something. I might take up a hot-dogging stand! Boom-tish !!! Walruss
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9:37pm Tue 9 Oct 12

ollie59 says...

Does Glen Miller conduct the band for the background music to the dogging as well as the 40's weekend? In the mood? A string of Pearls?
Does Glen Miller conduct the band for the background music to the dogging as well as the 40's weekend? In the mood? A string of Pearls? ollie59
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12:35pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Keighley Watch says...

If they are caught will they be done for receiving swollen goods?
If they are caught will they be done for receiving swollen goods? Keighley Watch
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9:00pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Patrick Bateman says...

They'd better nip this in the bud before it all gets out of hand.
They'd better nip this in the bud before it all gets out of hand. Patrick Bateman
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4:19pm Thu 11 Oct 12

stiflers mom says...

Will you lot get a grip of yourselves !!!
Will you lot get a grip of yourselves !!! stiflers mom
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4:28pm Thu 11 Oct 12

stiflers mom says...

I cant believe all of you have fallen for this story,somebody at the t&a must have seen you coming !!!
I cant believe all of you have fallen for this story,somebody at the t&a must have seen you coming !!! stiflers mom
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4:28pm Thu 11 Oct 12

stiflers mom says...

I cant believe all of you have fallen for this story,somebody at the t&a must have seen you coming !!!
I cant believe all of you have fallen for this story,somebody at the t&a must have seen you coming !!! stiflers mom
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