Friday, February 29, 2008

"Auntie Maggie's" farewell gift

Ann Gardiner with the "tea for two" china tea service given to "Auntie Maggie" by the inmates of Ward 2 on her retirement.

"Auntie Maggie" (centre) with staff and patients in Ward 2 after it closed as a childrens TB sanatorium and became a hospital for people with chest complaints.

On my recent visit to Wales I called in to see Peter and Ann Gardiner in Ymysmeudwy after they had contacted me to say that they had photographs and memoribilia belonging to "Auntie Maggie". Her son Morgan was a close friend of Peter Gardiner and after his death Peter was asked to "clear the house".

Not knowing what to do with the photographs he has kept them recognizing that they were of historical importance but not quite knowing what to do with them. Well, I can assure him that they are now going to be saved for posterity - as "Auntie Maggie" would have wishes- and they will be put into the Powys Archives in Llandrindod Wells.

Thank you Peter and Ann for being such good guardians of "Auntie Maggie's" photographs.

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