Lynne’s story will stir up memories
SNAPSHOT reminiscences of growing up in Ashford in the late 50s and 60s are remembered in Back Along the Track, just published by Troubador at £6.99.
Author Lynne O’Sullivan sets her story against the backdrop of the thriving Newtown railworks as she travels through the highs and lows of family life in the close-knit community where joy and sorrow run parallel to the nearby railway tracks.
Schooldays in Willesborough and Newtown are revisited with innocence and charm and tragedy strikes her family when sister Maureen gets polio.
For her former boxing champion father Bill, life becomes harder than any ring fight while her mother holds the family together with love.
Told in a simple style many Ashfordians will recognise references to familiar places and events of those bygone days.
She recalls the excitement of the annual Children’s Days at Christmas with stars like Rolf Harris in Ashford, and simple thrills of waiting for hot pies at the shop in New Rents or the fish and chips at Hansons in New Street.
Anecdotes are accompanied by the author’s own illustrations.
Now living in Peterborough she works as a personal assistant and writes and studies art in her spare time.
Writing has been part of her life since she won a box of paints for writing a story for Bunty magazine when she was 10.