Rita Vaughan has steeped herself in Mossley history since she moved to the town a decade ago.
And there’s not much about the area’s past Rita doesn’t know.
Now locals too can tap into that knowledge thanks to the retired New Charter Housing employee’s latest books.
Written in conjunction with John Ashworth, ‘Stories About Mossley’ is an intriguing collection of tales about the town’s past: drunken clergymen, the fastest pigeon, the largest egg and the Empire Cinema Murder.
Rita’s second book dovetails nicely with her work with Mossley Town Team and the introduction plus expansion of the blue plaque trail.
‘Mossley St John Ambulance’ chronicles the Brigade’s almost century long existence and the work of Clarinda Rowbotham, their first Lady Superintendent.
Clarinda, also sister-in-charge of Mossley’s WW1 Military Hospital, is pictured on the front cover and she will also become the subject of a future blue plaque.
Rita has previously published ‘An Awful Accident’ and ‘Remember All The Boys’- a painstaking but rewarding investigation into every Mossley man who lost his life in World War One. Around 3000 signed up between 1914-1918.
Her new books are officially launched at George Lawton Hall on May 6 at 11am. There’s also a chance to ‘meet the author’ at the Local Studies Library in Ashton on May 25 from 11am until 1pm.
‘Stories About Mossley’ costs £7 and Mossley St John Ambulance £8. They are available from Mossley Library and the Local Studies Library.