Farewell to Carnival Queen

Wednesday 18th June 2014 10:00 pm

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Customers have said a fond farewell to Glewstone-born Edith Duberley, a very young 80 years, who is closing up her Ruardean shop and Post Office, after 58 years, 28 of those as postmistress.

The shop was formerly her front room and has seen many changes over the years. Before the age of the computer, Edith remembers painstakingly entering every PO transaction by hand in huge ledgers. They went long ago, as have dog licenses and savings certificates. Her charity work also should be acknowledged, inlcuding walking on hot coals in 2007.

Many in Ross, however, may remember Edith as one of the town's first Carnival Queens. Early in 1954, a Mrs Porter and Mr Preece visited different villages to select village Queens – Edith, then aged 20, represented Whitchurch.

Read the full story in this week's Ross Gazette

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