Why do I always find it so blooming difficult to start my Editor’s Letter? It’s never that I am stuck for something to say – as those who know me well would attest – more that there is simply so much to shout about in excitement that I don’t know where to begin. This issue is no exception.
At 138 years old, I thought The Lady was looking good, but our history is merely fleeting when compared to that of Berry Brothers & Rudd, a family-run company which in 2023 celebrates 325 years in business. I meet their creative director, Geordie Willis, an eighth-generation founding family member, and find out how they have stood the test of time.
Hoorah! We’ve found him! Retired? Never! Louis Barfe has tracked down the nation’s favourite DJ, Ken Bruce, at Greatest Hits Radio. As well as keeping busy on air Ken, an advocate and campaigner for autistic people, reveals why he finds it so fulfilling to look after his silent son, Murray. For those of you who, unlike Ken, might be considering retirement, Jo Knowsley looks at lots of different property options.
Amy Barnard reminds us that now is the perfect time to freshen up your furnishing fabrics, while Kerry Parnell introduces us to the heroes of conservation at some of the National Trust’s historic houses. Rebecca Wallersteiner takes us back to Georgian times, when the passion for amazing hair dos brought about the creation of a whole new trade – hairdressing.
As well as bemoaning the current woke trend for cancelling culture, Liz Hodgkinson debates whether women’s clothes should have pockets with Gillian Spickernell – I’m on the fence with this one, what do you think?
Fancy a staycation? You could win a two-night stay for two at either Hambleton Hall or Middlethorpe Hall. Or, just for a night out, we’ve got tickets for three fabulous floor-filling musical tribute shows up for grabs. When you finally get to the end of this issue, I’m sure you’ll see why I found it so difficult to start! Until July...
Helen Budworth, Acting Editor
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