A close-knit story of warmth
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.