Writer’s fond memories of seaside past

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SHEFFIELD author Margaret Drabble has spoken with affection of the childhood holidays she and her family enjoyed in Filey on the east coast.

The writer, aged 72, was born in Sheffield where she was brought up with her brother Richard and sisters Helen and Antonia – the novelist AS Byatt.

As children in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the family would go on holiday to Filey and stay for the whole of August.

“We drove from our home in Sheffield and we always got stuck in traffic around Malton,” the author recollected. “That still happens, and it is rather wonderful that things haven’t changed.”

The family would rent a fisherman’s cottage on a hill leading to the sea and the small property had a front room, back room, kitchen and larder, but no fridge.

She said: “I have a vivid memory of the day my mother put a piece of bacon in there that developed maggots. I was fascinated by them – I had never seen maggots in Sheffield – but my mother was angry that she had been sold a bad piece of meat.”

She added she still goes back to Filey ‘whenever I get half a chance’.

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