Diamond memories

Audrey Haggarty is donating proceeds from her book of poems and stories (which were published for her as a secret diamond wedding present) to the church.Audrey is pictured with daughter Catherine who came up with the idea for the book.
Audrey Haggarty is donating proceeds from her book of poems and stories (which were published for her as a secret diamond wedding present) to the church.Audrey is pictured with daughter Catherine who came up with the idea for the book.
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BUDDING poet Audrey Haggerty is donating sales of her diamond wedding gift to a community church fund.

Mrs Haggerty, 81, said she was delighted when her children presented her with a book of her own short stories and poetry as a gift on her 60th wedding anniversary.

The mum-of-three – who took up creative writing 20 years ago when she started attending Yorkshire Art Circus workshops which involved Featherstone author Ian Clayton – is now giving proceeds from sales of the book, entitled A Golden Life, to Featherstone Methodist Church on Wilson Street.

She said: “For a few years I’ve been scribbling things down and my children decided they would put my poems and stories together for a book for my diamond wedding.

“Everything in the book is about me and things I’ve done. There’s stories from being a little girl when we were used to sleep three in a bed to going back years in Featherstone’s history.

“We’ve been talking about it doing a book for a while but I didn’t expect it as a gift on my diamond wedding day.”

A Golden Life contains stories, photographs and poems from Mrs Haggerty’s life, including tales and memories ranging from childhood to her retirement years.

Mr Clayton said: “Audrey is a Featherstone woman through and through and she’s leaving a record of who she is and that’s really important.

“If you don’t capture those memories they’re gone, she’s saving them and passing them on to people.”

Mrs Haggerty, of Katrina Grove, Featherstone, has already donated £60 from sales of the book – which was printed by Pen2Print in Ferrybridge – to the church.

Her daughter, Catherine Pidd, 53, who helped put the book together, said: “She has written poems and stories for years, she’s never hidden them, but she’s never wanted to blow her own trumpet.

“It wasn’t until I sat and had all the stories and poems ready to take to the printers I just realised how amazing it was that my mum had written everything.”