11 Sep '14

News Connie Hayball obituary

My mother, Connie Hayball, who has died aged 94, had two lifelong passions: literature and socialism. In her 90s she wrote two books, From Perry Gutter to Birmingham (2011) and Dad and Me (2013), which drew on the detailed memories of her childhood, including the streets with their back-to-back houses, daily domestic routines, and her father's work.She was born in Birmingham, the second child of Harry Houghton and Hilda Presdee. Harry was a skilled metalworker making items such as corkscrews and tin-openers. Hilda had been in service and then worked on armaments, after a childhood in a Shropshire workhouse. Continue reading...

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