Five years ago, I suggested recording the 50th Anniversary of James Peacock School. Fast forward to now and a free publication has been made available to anyone who attended, worked at or was a Governor at the school, courtesy of the Coop Community Fund.
Requests for a copy have come from near and far, with the furthest away being from Tracy in Australia.
I asked Tracy about her connection to Ruddington. “My mum’s family, the Wearmouths, lived on Elms Park from the 1960s. I went to James Peacock when I lived with my grandma in 1974. I then lived in the village between the ages of 14 and 31.
“My first job was at Fox and Finch, the lace factory on Brookside Road, and l also worked at Cooper and Roe. In 1999 I decided to take a 12 month working holiday in Australia and loved it so much I made it my home.
“My mum loved the village and lived on The Green for 30 years until she passed away in 2018. We planted a tree in her name on the Country Park the following year. My stepfather and aunt still live in the village and before Covid-19, I would visit every couple of years.”
If you’d like a copy of the book, the Parish Council Office staff have offered to hold some copies. Just visit the Parish Council Office in St Peter’s Rooms during office hours (9am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday) and ask for one.
Alternatively, you can email me at email@example.com to request a copy.