Memories of life in the county

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MEMORIES of a life spent in Lincolnshire have been turned into a book by George Bell, whose wife Rosemary taught at Spalding High School for 30 years.

George and Rosemary live at Boston, and there are many recollections of that town in Living the Lincolnshire Life, the accumulated jottings of George Bell.

However, George, who played various sports at county level, recalls in his book meeting Rosemary Fitches, introduced to George in 1947 as the “secret weapon” for county badminton practice. County practice often took place in Spalding, thanks largely to Sidney Andrew, then headmaster at the Church School and county captain. Rosemary, head of geography at Spalding High School, was introduced to make up numbers and the rest is history – George and Rosemary have been married for more than 50 years.

George’s memories of boyhood days in and around Boston are mixed with newpaper cuttings, photographs and some diary notes, covering wartime tragedies, farming in the fens and many Lincolnshire characters.

Living the Lincolnshire Life – published by GB Design & Publishing (01205 363752) – is available from Bookmark in The Crescent for £8.95.