Mother was a but­ter pat­ter who worked at town’s first Co-op

Loughborough Echo - - LOOKING BACK -

“SHE was a ‘but­ter pat­ter’, I think its just a brilliant name for a job.”

A Look­ing Backer who spot­ted a photo of her mother’s old work­place has been in touch with her mem­o­ries of Lough­bor­ough’s first Co-op, and even brought in a pic­ture of her mum that she be­lieves is out­side of the old build­ing that her mum sent to her dad while he was away dur­ing World War Two.

Olive New­ton, 65, of Mel­ton Road, Bar­row-upon-Soar, said that her mum told her that she used to be a ‘but­ter pat­ter’ at the Co-op in Woodgate.

Olive said that her mum used to ‘pat’ the but­ter be­fore it was wrapped in pa­per and sold in the shop.

She said: “She al­ways said that was the rea­son that she had such soft skin! I think she must be in her 20s in the photo, my mum and dad got mar­ried in ei­ther 1937 or 1938, I’m not sure, but I am sure it was just be­fore the war and then they got split up when my dad got sent away.”

Olive said that she recog­nised the old build­ing in Woodgate in a photo that her mum sent to her dad - Mau­rice Arthur Hop­kins - while he was in the army.

She said that she wasn’t sure when the photo was taken but it was def­i­nitely sent dur­ing the war be­cause on the back of the photo it reads: “Lit­tle me on the shop step, love to my sweet­heart al­ways, Mau­rice.”

Olive said that it was def­i­nitely on the steps of the Co-op be­cause her mum didn’t work in any other shops, and af­ter Mau­rice came back from the war she stayed at home to look af­ter Olive (when she was even­tu­ally born) and her six other broth­ers and sis­ters.

Olive said that her dad was in the army dur­ing the war, and served in a num­ber of coun­tries in­clud­ing In­dia, Italy, the Orkney Is­lands and he was even on the beaches at Dunkirk.

Do you re­mem­ber the old Co-op in Woodgate?

Maybe you even used to work there too and re­mem­ber Doris?

Or maybe you have any love notes or let­ters that maybe you sent dur­ing the war, or maybe your par­ents did?

If you do please con­tact Liam Cole­man on 01509 635806 or email liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Pic­tured is Doris New­ton on the steps of the Co-Op in Woodgate, Lough­bor­ough in the 1930s.

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