|I was born 24 June 1923 as Joan Sells. I was a
very shy child and would hide under the table at parties!. I went
to Scarborough Girls' High School in January 1936 having passed for Morley
Grammar School whilst living with my Grandmother after my father's death.
My two school friends were Eva Martin and Irene Hutchinson. I left
in December 1939 (like Dena Hebditch I helped with the removal up to Stepney
Drive) having passed School Certificate with a distinction in Maths ( I
should have gone on to study maths but because Eva went in for secretarial
work I did too, leaving with certificates in shorthand and typing).
I worked at various secretarial positions, and married
Roy, from The Parachute Regiment in 1947. Susan and Michael were
born in 1948 and 1950. Susan later went to the High School.
I worked for 16 years at Rowntrees starting as a temp for a month and 16
years later leaving as Customers' Adviser when Debenhams took over.
I then had 16 years as Secretary to Mr Stephen Kitching Walker at their
offices in Vernon Road and Alma Square, finally temping at North Yorkshire
Law until I was 72! My husband died 6 years ago. I am a member
of The Ladies' Lifeboat Guild, Friends of the Art Gallery and Queen Street
Fellowship. I love doing crosswords and reading. I am now too lame
to do much walking which I used to enjoy.