WHEN I printed a photograph of 15-years-old Betty Yates, of Holmes Cottages, Halliwell, displaying an apron on which she had embroidered signatures of local people, I wondered what had happened to the apron.

She had charged 6d (2p) each signature, to raise money for Mrs Churchill's Aid-to-Russia Fund in the early 1940s.

Betty's sister-in-law Mildred, of Broughton Street, Halliwell, has provided the answer. After the photograph appeared, she spoke to Betty (she is now Mrs Stevens) in London, where she now lives, and Betty told her that the apron was . . . in the Imperial War Museum.

I find that a fascinating piece of local history.