Peeblean Anne’s walk down memory lane

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IF YOU remember Davy Crocket hats and paper nylon petticoats, horse-drawn milk floats, real sweetie shops, steam trains and road rollers then you will enjoy Peeblean Anne Derrick’s new book, What Were We Like.

Anne has lived and worked in Peebles all her life, retiring from the maths department at Peebles High in 2007 after 35 years in the classroom, and her book is full of memories of her childhood in the 50s and 60s.

“The book originated as a series of articles in Peebles Old Parish Church Magazine, but these were so well received I’ve added considerable new material to form a fully-illustrated 56-page book,” she explained.

Anne recollections include life at Halyrude, Kingsland and Peebles High schools, what we wore, Sundays in the 50s and the shopping experience in Peebles. There’s even a chapter on a visit to the cinema and more besides.

“If you remember going out for your high tea or being fitted for Start-Rite shoes on an X-ray machine, then this little book is definitely for you,” enthused Anne.

The book will be launched in the MacFarlane Hall on June 19 immediately after the Old Parish Church morning service, and will be available for £4 that day only. It then goes on sale the following day for £4.50, at Graham McGrath’s, The Tontine Hotel, Castle Warehouse and Maison Douglas Hairdressers.

In addition, Anne will be signing copies of her book in the MacFarlane Hall on Beltane Friday morning from 10.30-11am. All profits from the sale of the book will be in aid of Peebles Old Parish Church.