Retro: Sheffield Star club member lived the high life!

Retro. Jean Piper, who won a slimming compeititon run by The Star Women's Circle club. Her prize was a trip to a health farm

Retro. Jean Piper, who won a slimming compeititon run by The Star Women's Circle club. Her prize was a trip to a health farm

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One Women’s Circle member got a taste of the high life when she went to an exclusive health farm as a prize for being a champion slimmer in 1973.

Her name was used in the original Retro feature and she got in touch as a result.

Jean Higgott, aged 70, was 28 years old and was called Jean Piper in 1973. She lived in Parson Cross, Sheffield when she won the trip and now lives in Linacre Wood, Chesterfield.

She said: “The Circle had a slimming group and the one that lost the most weight went to the health farm. I can remember going there, I think it was somewhere near Leeds.

“A reporter picked me up in a sports car and we went.

“I did the regime and I was only there a weekend. It was a lovely place. I had my make-up and hair done and everything.

“The ladies were quite well to do. I remember there were some guests who were there for a rest. I don’t know if it’s still there now but I can remember enjoying it.”

She added: “Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street, used to go there.

“In the evening we went down to the pub but we didn’t have anything we shouldn’t have.

“The people down the pub told us that she used to come in and have steak and chips!”

Jean said that her sister-in-law spotted her in the Midweek Retro piece about Women’s Circle and said, ‘I wonder if that’s our Jean’. “Do you know, I’d forgotten about it and then I suddenly thought, ‘oh yes’. I do remember going now!”

She said of Women’s Circle: “At the time they had all sorts of groups. I think it was quite popular in its day. They want to do something like it again.”

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