A close-knit story of warmth

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By PAM HUME

IT’S al­ways nice to give a com­pli­ment about some­one’s ap­pear­ance.

How­ever, re­cently, when en­joy­ing af­ter­noon tea at Bin­da­ree Re­tire­ment Cen­tre in Mans­field, you can i mag­ine what a sur­prise it was when Bobby Richard­son re­ceived a re­mark about what a fab­u­lous j umper he had on.

Bobby was then to tell the story of how Stella Web­ster, who was sit­ting next to him at the time, had knit­ted the j umper more than 50 years ago.

It seems Stella was quite a knit­ter around town (Mans­field) in those early days, and Bobby’s wife Carmel had ap­proached Stella to knit her hus­band Bobby a jumper for him to go ski­ing on Mt Buller in.

“It’s as good as the day I got it,” Bobby said.

Bobby said that when he wore the jumper ski­ing, he of­ten never needed to wear a jacket as it was fairly wa­ter­proof be­ing grease­proof wool.

Bobby has fond mem­o­ries of ski­ing on Mt Buller in the early days.

He first started ski­ing in 1956 and re­mem­bers driv­ing up and park­ing around the White Bridge area and ei­ther Billy Heathcote, Roy Fri­day or Johnny Coombs would pick them up in the Lan­dRover and take the boys up.

With lunch stuck firmly in the pocket, the fel­las had a great day.

A day on the tow was one pound and Bobby re­calls that they spent more money at the Mer­ri­jig Pub on the way home.

Still to this day the jumper keeps Bobby warm and Stella en­joys ad­mir­ing her work many years af­ter while shar­ing an af­ter­noon tea of snow­balls at the re­tire­ment cen­tre.

WRAPPED IN HIS­TORY: Bobby Richard­son sports a 50 year old jumper knit­ted for Mt Buller by Stella Web­ster.

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