At a ripe old age

IN 1992, we featured Britain s oldest businesswomen, Marie Wilson and her daughter Joyce, who ran Aubrey Wilson Nurseries Ltd, in Terrington St Clement. Amazingly, Marie was 100 years old and Joyce was 70. They were pictured harvesting their crop of auber

IN 1992, we featured Britain's oldest businesswomen, Marie Wilson and her daughter Joyce, who ran Aubrey Wilson Nurseries Ltd, in Terrington St Clement.

Amazingly, Marie was 100 years old and Joyce was 70. They were pictured harvesting their crop of aubergines.

From their greenhouses, the pair who employed seven people, sold everything from pinks to courgettes.

Marie moved to the Fens from London in 1925 to help her father, Rueben Pratt, at the King William pub in the village.


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After marrying her husband Aubrey, she swapped pulling pints for picking tomatoes. After his death in 1975, it was left to Marie and Joyce to run the business.

Working seven days a week from 7am until 9pm, Joyce said: "We don't go anywhere much; we haven't got time. We go to King's Lynn once a fortnight - that's our only break.

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