I WRITE with regard to an article and a letter published in The Bugle some weeks ago re Blind May, as I have a few corrections to add. I hope Mrs Ashford will bear with me. She and I share great grandparents.
Firstly, the picture is not of the correct house. The house shown was in the lane that ran across the back of the one occupied by Blind May. The real house never had the luxury of electricity and clearly there is a TV aerial in the picture.
Secondly and more importantly, Blind May was not born blind, she was fully sighted up to the age of 11 years. She had a fall in the school playground and investigations revealed the presence of a brain tumour. Sadly, this could only be removed by forfeiting her sight.
Also she was not May Senior's daughter, she was in fact, her niece. She was the daughter of Jim Smith and was fostered by his sister May Senior. The same May also fostered my own mother, also her niece. My mother was the daughter of May's sister Mary.
So May Snr fostered two nieces and went on to have two daughters of her own, Irene and Joan, happily both still with us, and able to confirm this account.
Beryl, Catherine and Mary,