Spalding booklaunch of Over the Hill

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David Hill has lived in this area for 46 years, and so knows an awful lot of people.

He says it can be embarrassing when he forgets a name – or confusing when children grow up to look like their parents!

David and Jane Hill: married for 52 years and living and working in South Holland for 46 years.

David and Jane Hill: married for 52 years and living and working in South Holland for 46 years.

However, he can be forgiven for the occasional lapse of memory, having celebrated his 80th birthday in January.

The birthday was a trigger for him to finish a project begun three years earlier: to write his memoirs for the interest of his and Jane’s extended family.

David and Jane, married for 52 years and living in Spalding, have four children and 12 grandchildren aged 19 to six.

What David hadn’t reckoned on was the interest in reading the book from his many friends and acquaintances from his years as vicar of first Lutton with the care of Drove End for 14 years and then Pinchbeck for 17 years.

David says: “It was an interesting project to do at my stage in life, to look back and remember, but what seems to have happened, and it’s surprised me, is that so many people found it readable and are interested and would like a copy.”

As a result David is hesitant rather than brave about what is to happen at Bookmark in The Crescent in Spalding on Tuesday, August 19 (7.15pm) when Over the Hill will be officially launched with a talk and book signing.

The book sells for £5.99 and, poignantly, any profits will go to the Brain Tumour Charity because, as their many friends already know, the couple’s youngest daughter, Candida, died from a brain tumour in 2012, leaving behind a young family.

“She is still alive, but not in this world,” says David, talking about the grieving process. “It hits Jane quite hard from time to time and odd things trigger it off.

“She was head girl at the High School in her day and quite widely known.”

The loss of Candida is covered in the book as are memories from David’s time in Lutton and Pinchbeck and earlier memories still.

For instance, he recollects in 1971, during the first ever national postal workers’ strike, setting up a private postal service between Boston, Spalding and Wisbech.

David writes: “The strike went on for seven weeks and half way through the UK currency changed to decimal coinage. We reissued the blue 2/6d stamps at 12.5p on green. After the strike, we doubled our profit because it was the sale of stamps to collectors that brought in the bulk of money.”