Sunday 21 November 2010 9.25am
My Aunt Rosemary lived in Brunlees house, perhaps you may remember her? she was a very active member of the St.Matthews church and the original community leader!
You would often see her collecting for the regular jumble sales, prams, pushchairs,wheelchairs anything that could carry her treasure back. She would repair them, sew buttons on..if anyone died and the flat needed clearing out she would drag her strongarm helpers out to help..normally me! We would lug furniture down four floors..she was in her late sixties then..She would wash bedding out and 'sell' them to people who had been allocated flats from the homeless list for pennies, often less than the price of the cotton!
She sounded like the Queen,very well spoken and despaired of my cockney accent..she had been an officer in the war, a secretary in I.C.I yet was very happy to help people out so retired. She always was dragging me to night school, Italian, she mastered it..I did not..pottery? her was excellent mine looked like Demi moors in Ghost..She passed her German A level six months before she died of cancer in 1989.
All of the Rockingham attended the service in the old jumble sale hall at St.Matthews as the church was closed by then..sometimes when going past Meadow Row
or near the Smoke Hole or where it used to be, I 'see' her, brown coat with a fur collar she had found and attached, a jaunty hat and of course pushing a pram loaded with 'treasures'!
I miss her still...