Nellie’s life is in a book

NBENBE111213a1 92 year old Nellie Mellors from Belper has had a book published about her life.
NBENBE111213a1 92 year old Nellie Mellors from Belper has had a book published about her life.

A PROUD 92-year-old woman from Belper has had a book about her “normal” life published.

In My Time: A Derbyshire Life tells the tale of Nellie Mellors, from when she was born in 1919 up to the present day.

She said: “I am more or less the last one left in my immediate family, so I felt it would be a shame not to put my story down on paper for people to read.”

A friend of Mrs Mellors read what she had written and insisted it should be published. He then sorted it out for her.

Mrs Mellors said: “I am quite thrilled about it. I have never considered my life to be that famous.”

She said that people who have already bought a copy have commented on how nice it is — and how funny it is in parts.

“It is a simple tale of a normal person’s life,” said Mrs Mellors. “I think people will enjoy it, especially Belper people.”

Mrs Mellors was born on Ford Street in Belper and went to High Street School, where her aunt Ada Morton was a teacher, and then Long Row School.

“The early years were wonderful,” said Mrs Mellors. “I particularly loved swinging high on the swings at the local recreation ground.”

After leaving school she started working at former shoe shop Freeman, Hardy and Willis.

She recalled: “I went to learn the trade of serving. But for the first year I did nothing but dust and make tea! I used to scrub the floors as well.

“One day when I was running late, so my dad came to pick me up. But he saw me scrubbing the floors and that was the end of that job!”

Other jobs included working for Belper firm Deb for 25 years.

She married Geoff in 1940 and moved to Scotland when he was stationed there during World War Two. She returned to Belper in 1942 when her husband was sent abroad. Geoff died in 2000.

The book costs £10.99 and is available from The Book Shop, King Street, Belper.