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WALLFISH (SNAILS)

ADDED 16 DECEMBER 2006

In the December 2005 issue of the Knottingley Digest, I was interested in Roy Wards conversation with Graham Stokes about Wallfish (snails). This reminded me of my granddad Neilson who worked at Bagley’s glassworks. He had a heart problem and ate snails believing they contained some medicinal properties.

About the year 1970 my dad asked my two older sisters to collect some snails and take them to my grandparents home on Womersley Road. He said to them, “If gran isn’t in, put them on the chair inside the house and make sure to close the door after you”.

They collected two large bags full and obeyed dads orders. When gran returned she nearly had a heart attack. The snails were crawling everywhere; on the furniture, curtains, and even up the stairs into the bedrooms. I don’t think gran was very pleased but she saw the funny side of it all afterwards.

Please accept my very good wishes for the future and thank you for all your good work.

Annie Sproston
16 December 2006


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