Family memories from Phyl
Phyl Haynes has so many happy family memories she decided to share them by writing a book. The 77-year-old is donating some of the proceeds to the village youth club where she spent much of her time as a youngster. It took her only a few months to write t
Phyl Haynes has so many happy family memories she decided to share them by writing a book. The 77-year-old is donating some of the proceeds to the village youth club where she spent much of her time as a youngster.
It took her only a few months to write the book, Family Memories, My Story. The story begins with her birth in 1930 and ends with her golden wedding celebrations in 2004. She hopes her granddaughter will eventually continue the story.
"I have really done it for my family, for future generations, but people said others would be interested in reading it," said Mrs Haynes, of Brewin Avenue, March.
"Life was different then and we were all the same because no-one had any money. There were hardly any cars and we used to play by the roadside with marbles or our hoops."
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Mrs Haynes was born and brought up in Wilburton. She was one of family of nine children and spent many happy times at the youth club in the village hall. She said: "Table tennis was the main thing I enjoyed at the club. I was in Brownies and then Guides."
Many of the stories feature her father, who she describes as a real character. There were also many heartbreaking episodes in her life, including the death of two brothers in separate accidents.
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Mrs Haynes met her future husband, Derek, while travelling to and from her job in Ely - he was the bus conductor.
After their wedding they moved to Little Thetford and then to Yaxley. They adopted a daughter, Liz, who lives in Walpole St Peter. They have a granddaughter, Natasha.
They moved to March in 1970 and for a number of years Mrs Haynes was a member of staff behind the post office counter at Edgoose's shop in High Street.
The book costs £6 and £1 will be given to Wilburton Youth Club. It is on sale at Edgoose's shop, The Corner Shop in Ellingham Avenue, March, Wilburton Post Office and Jenny Wren's hairdressing salon in Wilburton.