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There was a cotton factory in our village many years ago. My grandfather worked there. The factory has gone now and the cotton I use comes from China. But the memory is kept alive by the pub which still stands where it has for a couple of hundred years, The Yarnspinner.

We were talking about cotton the other night. We all had yarns to tell. I reminded them of the time my friend Rosey was repairing a little rip on her skirt whilst travelling on a crowded train and she accidentally attached herself to a handsome young man sitting next to her! Billy told us how his Gran inadvertently added an indecent image to an embroidery she was creating and Jim mentioned that his wife sewed a badge to the pocket of their son’s school blazer upside down. We were all in stitches!

It’s the 30th anniversary of the fire next month. A dozen workers perished when the factory went up in flames. The ladies of the sewing circle are busy making brightly coloured cotton cobwebs to hang on the trees in the High Street. I miss my grandfather.


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22 thoughts on “FFfAW

  1. Denise Nov 6, 2018 / 11:25

    Sewing a garment to something else is something I have done. At least I wasn’t wearing the garment or riding on a train. Nice story with sad memories.

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  2. Joe Owens Nov 6, 2018 / 13:38

    Sewing is a skill I am not adept with. I can make the large holes close, but I would never assume any skill.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Nov 7, 2018 / 11:50

      You and me too Joe. I sewed a button on once, but I put it on the inside of the shirt, not the outside!

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  3. michael1148humphris Nov 6, 2018 / 22:40

    Happy and sad, a great story. Accidentally sew herself to a guy indeed 🙂

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  4. Abhijit Ray Nov 7, 2018 / 09:15

    A great story. Almost all business is now moving to China. Only pubs remain where people can remember good old days over a pint.

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  5. theministryofshrawleywalks Nov 7, 2018 / 19:48

    Problem is the pub trade is now being killed too, people can not afford to go out as much as they used to, life is becoming more solitary, how long before the Yarnspinner inn becomes Yarnspinner cottage I wonder?
    Super piece

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