What a treat! About a hundred people enjoyed a lovely hour or more hearing from Goostrey’s Mrs Kettle about her life and times. Here is a snapshot:
Born Margaret Foden in 1922, she has always lived in the village and chatted with David Giles about growing up in Goostrey, “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else “ -showing an amazing memory for names and faces on old photographs (many families of whom still live in the area) of school days and when she was Rose Queen in 1936 etc.
Leaving school at 14 she worked at The Crown (” I used to have to pluck the ducks ready for cooking”) and on the family farm – continuing through the war – before marrying. She and husband George then opened their village shop (initially selling fireworks and sweets!) when not spending “some of the happiest years of my life” travelling round the country on George’s motorbike, before their son was born. Eventually they also took on the post office, employing 5 ‘girls’ to sort and deliver the post for two hours a day (given a sherry on their birthdays!).
The village has certainly changed dramatically in her lifetime; they were of course thrilled in the late 60’s/early 70’s when the housing estates were developed – bringing more customers to the shop!
The afternoon was organised by 1st Goostrey Scouts with their volunteer helpers, fundraising for the hall, and ended with a delicious tea of cakes and scones.
A video recording is to be produced.