The Old Match Lady
As a small child during and after the war when my Nanna took me shopping along London Road there was an old lady (at least in my eyes she was) who sold matches from a small box hanging from her neck across her chest.
She always had good quality coats and shoes on but they had safety pins and string to make her look poor. If you put the pennies in the box and had the cheek to take the matches she would mutter under her breath. She used to say “Matches – Matches” She was out there in all weathers.
Does anyone remember her? Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of her. Perhaps someone has?