Sew many memories

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OUR recent spread on sewing classes certainly grabbed the attention of Mail readers.

We have had two more responses about the photographs from the late 1980s and early 1990s which first appeared in this column on April 5.

Peter Mason got in touch to tell us that his mum Millie Mason was one of the four people pictured standing around a sewing machine at the Hartlepool Peoples Centre.

In fact, Millie is second left and she was the class teacher. The others were Edith Liddell, Sharon Mallinson and Hazel Bilton.

Peter told us: “Millie worked for many years as a seamstress at the Buxted chicken factory.

“After her retirement, she wanted to share the skills she had learned from a very early age and taught dressmaking, knitting and crochet at Hartlepool Peoples Centre and was a founder member.

“This was all done voluntary and she would have been in her early 70’s. She loved working at the People Centre and was there for many years.

“Many brides in Hartlepool had wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses made by her. She was never in it for profit – just a bit of pin money.

“Sadly my mam died in 2001 at the age of 84.”

Another call helped us to identify Edna Judson in another photo which featured on the same page.

Edna was one of the students in a class in 1987 in which Maria Christie was also photographed on the left with their emroidery tutor Pam McFarlane behind them.

Our thanks go to everyone who responded.