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Former Spalding travel agency manager dies, aged 87

The former manager of a Spalding travel agency passed way at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital on May 12, aged 87.

Freda Smith was Spalding born and bred and a resident at Cedar Falls care home in Spalding.

Freda, who never married and was thought to be the last surviving child of Henry and Nellie Smith, who lived in Double Street for many years.

Freda Smith (36232433)
Freda Smith (36232433)

After leaving the Gleed School, Freda went to work at the Spalding Travel Agency which was then in Dembleby House in Broad Street.

Nairn Travel then bought the Spalding Travel Agency and eventually were located in the Sheep Market, and Freda was manager there when she retired.

One of the perks of the job was the opportunity to travel the world which Freda frequently did, often accompanied by her sister Mary.

Freda was particularly fond of cruising in the days before it became a mass-market.

She was on the maiden voyage of the QE2 and was on the Canberra at the height of its career.

She and Mary continued to travel after her retirement, in recent years mostly in the UK. Over the years many local residents would have met Freda to book their holidays.

She was a life-long member of the United Reformed Church in Pinchbeck Road.

Her funeral will be held in Spalding Cemetery on June 12.

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