Had Marilyn Stowe (‘My first day in court’) crossed the border for her initial foray to Nelson Magistrates Court she might also have been asked by my mentor justices clerk to produce her practising certificate. Half a century ago, Saturday morning courts were the norm – for the convenience of the working public. The 3pm kick off time in the Lancashire Amateur League was one way to minimise long-winded submissions in days before careless driving became the domain of the county court.

Derek Lambert, Notary Public, Nelson (Pendle)