Born in Germany, in Bunzlau, now part of Poland, Erika Bowker settled in the Calder Valley in the late 1940s after fleeing from Russian occupation. Erica taught people with learning difficulties, was a former Hebden Royd Town Councillor and regularly involved in community activities.
See this fascinating interview she gave to Wild Rose Arts about her life history
From George Murphy
Erika was a valued member of Shaggy Dog Storytellers and loved Hebden Bridge. I loved the interview. 7 July 2022