Yesteryear in Westby and Great Plumpton
Yesteryear in Westby and Great
by Margaret M. Yates
Paperback: 30 pages
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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