Cows and Crowns
In 1965 I was awarded the title of 'Dairy Queen of England and Wales', a great honour and achievement of the time, which entailed a very busy year of enagements and a tour of Canada and America giving public speeches promoting the dairy industry and the goodness of milk.
With a strong interest in history and place and a fascination with local history books, I decided to write an account of my year as Dairy Queen and the experiences in my life that led to me gaining the title. It was 50 years since I received the award last year and after my beloved husband passed away, it felt the right time to relive these stories through writing them down. I have collated these stories along with press cuttings and diary accounts from the time to produce 'Cows and Crowns; Memoirs of a Dairy Queen',
Brought up on a small dairy farm in West Wales, I enjoyed a carefree life in a loving family. There was so much to do on the farm and in the farmhouse and so much to explore around the farm. You had to work hard to achieve your goals and my parents worked tirelessly to give us a wonderful, satisfying life, which we probably didn't appreciate at the time.
We all had our ups and downs and I was as vociferous as any of my siblings, but we have remained firm, close friends and we all care for one another deeply. Our parents never quarelled and set us an example of how to love and honour one another.