Thursday, July 31, 2008

The visitor wrapped in newspapers

Here's a story told me by Pamela Hamer which encapsulates just what it must have been like for so many parents struggling to visit their children in Craig-y-nos during the winter.

"My friend had a sister in Craig- y- nos. Her Name was Phyillis Anne Smith. She went in as a 2 year old and came out when she was 8 it was in the late 1930s.

One cold winters day her mother was on the bus and she could hear rustling.
After a while she was wondering where the rustling was coming from, and a man on the bus saw her looking around and he said:

"I'm sorry the sound is coming from me, I have had to line my body with news papers to keep me warm as I am going to visit someone in Craig-y-nos."

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