I HAVE lost count of all the Christmas Memories I have sent to The Bugle year after year since the 1990s.
But 1999 was exceptional. I was surprised to hear that I had won first prize in the Christmas Memory Competition. You could have knocked me down with a feather for it was quite unexpected.
The first prize was a hamper and it was going to be delivered on December 22.
When the great day arrived, it was in the morning that the bell rang, and I opened the door to find this pleasant looking lady on the door step, Mrs Taylor as it happened, standing there with two little boys.
Their faces were beaming with smiles, they had obviously assisted in carrying the large burden from her car.
I could not thank her enough. I was so delighted with the contents of that hamper. There was a lovely 14lb turkey nestling in the middle surrounded by packets of sausage and sausage meat, one large pork pie, one Christmas pudding and a large tin of Rover assorted biscuits.
My husband could not believe it when he saw it and said "Well, I never!" and forthwith picked up the phone and cancelled the turkey order we had made with our butcher.
With the turkey duly roasted on Christmas Day, and the family all assembled at the dining room table, it heralded the entrance of our son donned in full chef's outfit bearing my prize turkey. Everyone laughed when he caught his high starched hat on the lampshade, making it swing as he approached the table.
What a sight, it was worth getting the camera out.
Christmas dinners are always a treat to be enjoyed but this one was really special, and for me that particular Christmas was too – all thanks to the Black Country Bugle.
15 Richmond Park,
Wall Heath, Kingswinford.