May 25 2013 Latest news:
By MARTIN GEORGE
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The daughter of a 102-year-old great-grandmother who loved a flutter has paid for the town clock she enjoyed looking at from her bedroom to be repaired in her memory.
Swaffham’s clock fell silent in April after an annual service resulted in it needing a replacement part.
Town councillors last month agreed to stump up the £200 to restore the quarter-hourly chimes, but now Mary Blackmore has donated the money as a tribute to her mother Mary Latham, who passed away in January.
Mrs Blackmore, who is 82, said her mother lived the last 20 years of her life in Swaffham, and loved bingo and betting on horses, and she often ferried her mother’s bets to the bookies for her.
She said: “She just recently passed away at 102 and I wanted to do something for her. She liked to see the church and see the clock.”
Mrs Latham, who celebrated her 100th birthday in Madeira and had visited Las Vegas, had two daughters, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and Mrs Blackmore said her premium bonds won £25 shortly after her death.
Swaffham mayor Terry Jennison said: “Our town has such wonderful people in it, what a fantastic kind gesture from Mrs Blackmore towards the town clock in memory of her mother Mrs Latham.
“It shows just how much townsfolk appreciate things like this, and on behalf of Swaffham Town Council I warmly say thank you and look forward to the chimes returning.”