Mary Abbot's early life was, as the author says, fraught with all
sorts of disadvantages, which she laugh off cheerfully. A baby
boomer from working-class Lancaster, Mary was born different: she
was blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. In the
early 1950s, aged just four, she was packed off to a special
boarding school in Devon.
Her resilience and good humour, as she progressed from school to
school, forming friendships, getting into scrapes, discovering boys
and reaching out into the world of work, are recorded here in her
own pithy words. How she survived both a painful operation on her
feet and her mother's departure with a fancy man are signs of her
determination. She grew up, married and became a mother, found work
and fund-raised for the RNIB, and finally married the author. He
has dedicated her inspirational story to 'her beautiful memory'.
Mary is no longer with us, but these vivid words of hers will
ensure she stays in our thoughts.
Kenneth R Fairbrother was born in 1951 in Ashton-under-Lyne. He
started working life in heavy engineering, married and raised two
sons. After divorcing, he married Mary and they lived in
Stalybridge until her passing. Since then he has remarried and now
lives in cornwall with his wife. This is where he set down this
account, written mainly by Mary.
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