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Yesteryear in Westby and Great Plumpton

Yesteryear in Westby and Great Plumpton
by Margaret M. Yates


Yesteryear in Westby and Great Plumpton

 Paperback: 30 pages
Published 1992

Margaret Yates was born in Blackpool, the daughter of a French mother and a sailor father. She went to Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool and married Arthur an architect. They have three children, two girls and a boy and seven grandchildren. They moved to Dowbridge after the war. Over twenty years ago they settled down in Great Plumpton. Margaret was a school bursar for twenty five years at a Fulwood school.

It was by chance that she met Ethel Beesley who had lived until 1923 in Westby Mills pub, later to be called the Clifton Arms. Ethel told her stories about life in Westby during the first world war. When Margaret related these to the more mature members of the community they in turn gave her more
stories and photgraphs.

As the Church of St. Anne's Restoration Fund was reaching forty thousand pounds she decided to write these stories down and if they grew into a book, they would keep the old tales alive and also help to finance the church debt. Margaret had no idea how this book would materialise but out of the blue a neighbour offered to print the book for her. Without the help of so many kind people, "Yesteryear in Westby and Great Plumpton" would never have been published. A thousand thanks to everyone who has helped.


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