Jim signs copies of book

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IT WAS a time for reminiscing when a book raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care about the village of Alpheton was launched at a classic and sports cars day at the weekend.

The Suffolk Free Press is supporting the hospice as part of a campaign to raise £10,000 for a community nurse.

Author Jim Mott, 85, spent the day at the event swapping tales and signing his memoir “Alpheton Hall, Diary of a Suffolk Countryman” which is on sale at the hospice’s shops, including Sudbury.

Jim, 85, who was at the show near Bury St Edmunds on Sunday with wife Daphne and son Michael, is delighted that he has already had almost one hundred orders for his book.

He also took the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of one of the classic cars on show, a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe. Owner, Bernie Hulks, told Jim it was back in use after fifteen years of restoration and is the last of twelve ‘B’models in existence.

“It’s a beautiful millionaire’s car,” said Jim, who enjoyed the day, “but I wouldn’t like to fill the tank. It probably does less than the fifteen miles to the gallon our old sugarbeet lorries did fully loaded at the end of the war – but petrol was cheap in those days!”

‘Alpheton Hall, Diary of a Suffolk Countryman’ costs £7.99, with each purchase raising the full cover price for the hospice. For orders by post, a cheque for £10, made out to St Nicholas Hospice Care, should be sent to Ian Norris, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QY.