More than 100 people came to Preston Village Hall between 10.30 and 12.45 to collect their copies of the new book, A History of Preston in Hertfordshire. I spent a continuous two and a half hours signing the books - all 123 of them! To my pleasant surprise, the throng included my cousins Jen Windebank and Pam Worbey who live at St Ippollitts and who saw the article announcing the book launch in the Hitchin Comet. Another relative, my second cousin Ann Crouch (nee Currell) a great grand-daughter of my great grand mother, Mary Currell also came and presented me with a most welcome bundle of certificates and family photographs.The day was kindly arranged by the Preston Trust who also provided tea, coffee and nibbles which were served by Liz Hunter, Ita Leaver and Jane Cole. Brian Waters and Andy collected the cheques and cash and the photographs that follow were taken by Mike Kellard and Phil Leaver.
The ‘Keepers of the Cash’, Brian Waters (left) and Andy Cole prepare for the fray.
Time to get this show on the road...
After a week of ‘flu, Liz Hunter presents me with a bottle of Sanatogen - or something very drinkable anyway.
Book signing - and not one signature looks like another -such is the effect of a cramped fingers….
Signing for Chris and Athalie Newell. Facing the camera are my cousins, Jen Windebank and Pam Worbey - surprise and welcome visitors!
Jane and Ita pass out refreshments; while Liz Hunter and Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews discuss an forthcoming project - or how she push-started the car….
Meeting my second cousin, Ann Crouch (nee Currell) for the first time! Sadly she was to pass away during 2021.