On visiting my home town this week I was amused to see in the Free Press (memories of War, March 10)my grandmother, Mrs Elsie James, on the front row of the choir photograph, wearing her signaory outfit of costume with tie.
James was her married name, and as she was married in late 1917, the event must have been toward the end of the war. She was a member of Spalding Parish Church, so I guess the choir was not exclusively non-conformist.
She opened the sweet shop at 2 High Street, which then became The Fenland Milk Bar
Her father was Harry Betts, landlord of The White Lion, which by that time was owned by the horse-dealer, her step-father, Mark Thorpe.
Later she, as a widow, opened the sweet shop at 2 High Street, which then became The Fenland Milk Bar founded by my father, her younger son Douglas.
Keep up the good work on these human interest pieces.