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Mildenhall Nostalgia - Frances and stuffed dog bring joy to town



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In today's nostalgia we travel back to 1995 when Mildenhall woman, Frances Ambrose, was used to cheeky comments whenever she drove her car to appointments.

That's because sitting next to her in the passenger seat was a large stuffed dog called Hector who helped her get the message across to children in Suffolk and Norfolk about caring for the elderly.

Frances, of Melrose Close, was Youth and Schools' Organiser for Help the Aged and wherever she went Hector came along too.

In today's nostalgia we remember 1995 when Mildenhall woman, Frances Ambrose, was used to cheeky comments whenever she drove her car to appointments
In today's nostalgia we remember 1995 when Mildenhall woman, Frances Ambrose, was used to cheeky comments whenever she drove her car to appointments

And that caused some amusing moments for the keep-fit teacher who encouraged children to become more aware about older people and their needs.

Frances said: "I get nods and whistles from lorry drivers and people who look twice when they see this stuffed dog sitting next to me. He’s quite an eye opener but the younger children think he’s real so you can’t just bundle him into the boot of the car.

"Sometimes they give him a wave and so I just smile a lot."

She and Hector had gone to St Mary's Primary School in Mildenhall to receive nearly £700 raised for the charity by school children and parents.

"Children need to know that old people are not quaint, funny or horrible, but have a lot of interesting things to tell. If you leave children to their own devices, they get on like a house on fire."