Reporter Daisy is signing off

PUBLISHED: 14:32 13 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 May 2010

Daisy Peverett with trainee reporter Tom Jackson

Daisy Peverett with trainee reporter Tom Jackson

THE longest serving correspondent of the Cambs Times has retired after serving the community nearly 53 years. It has been a long career that has brought Daisy Peverett many memories. Daisy said: I have shared many joyful occasions while at the Cambs Time

THE longest serving correspondent of the Cambs Times has retired after serving the community nearly 53 years.It has been a long career that has brought Daisy Peverett many memories.Daisy said: "I have shared many joyful occasions while at the Cambs Times, and I have made many friends through it. I am a very fortunate person. Life has been very good to me."Daisy, 86, of Orchard Way, Manea, began her role as a reporter in July 1953."Although I was not too sure about it, I took it up," she said. "I never once thought about reporting for the paper. I had no intention of doing it."When I started, the people of Manea were very kind to me. I remember the chairman of Manea Council was a man called Bill Cox, and he gave me every encouragement possible. He was a great help."In those days, we also attended funerals, and took notes. One I remember was on a Saturday afternoon. It was so wet and freezing cold that icicles formed on my hat. I think of that very often.""I have had more ups than downs because, I suppose, it is the way you are with people."There are always things that get you down, but I bounced back."Daisy has also had many proud moments through her career."I was once presented to the Queen Mother, but one special moment was when Manea won the Best Kept Village award in 1984," she said."Bill Bradshaw, former editor of the Cambs Times passed on the award, and paid credit to me for my work.Daisy had retired in 1983, but continued her role as Manea correspondent."I can truthfully say that I have contributed something to the Cambs Times every week, and something went in," said Daisy. "Maybe not much, but Manea was always featured."Even if I went on holiday, I took phone numbers so it was always there."Daisy was vice-chairman of Cambs County women's section of the Royal British Legion for seven years in the 1960s, before becoming chairman for four years. And she was organist at Christchurch Parish Church for 14 years. Daisy will continue teaching piano and continue as chairman of the Doddington Hospital co-ordination committee.

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