My mum, Mary Clayton, celebrated her 90th birthday in style at her home in Highfields on July 2nd. Originally the family had planned a holiday together but Coronavirus put paid to that. As an alternative we erected a temporary gazebo at the front of mum’s bungalow and invited family, friends and neighbours to join us for a party.
Mother was thrilled! There was a real party atmosphere with a crown for Mum, presents, champagne, a cake, lovely flowers, and festive balloons. Our village crier David Dipple added to the occasion by reading out a proclamation to ‘Queen Mary ‘. That was so special.
My mother has only lived in Barrow since 2012; she’s a city girl at heart. Before lockdown she still travelled into Leicester on the bus two or three times a week and into Loughborough on Thursdays for the market. Long ago, as a family, we used travel by train from our home in Leicester to Barrow to visit Proctor’s Pleasure Park. As a child I thought Barrow was paradise and I still do. And what’s more my relatives in the village and even those further afield, all agree!