A woman who hadn’t returned to Bushey since she was born there nearly 70 years ago was given an emotional tour of the town by Bushey Museum.
Linda Thompson [Nee Hunter], who now lives in Cwmbran, Wales with her husband Trevor, returned to Bushey on Wednesday, January 15 for an emotional trip.
Curators John Gerry and Pat Woollard gave them a tour of the museum after which Barry Hyman, shop manager, took them on a trip round the village and the heath to see the Rose Garden, Lululaund, Reveley Lodge and Spire Hospital on the site of the old Bushey Maternity Hospital where Linda was born.
Linda said: “It was a really emotional trip. My husband booked the tickets to Bushey as a surprise, because he knew I’d wanted to go back after my mum passed away seven years ago.
“But we weren’t expecting the museum to be so helpful and give us our own tour. The experience was incredibly satisfying and made me feel very close to my mum.
“I’ll definitely be coming back. While on the tour we often stopped, so we got chatting to quite a lot of local people, and they were so accommodating and friendly.”
Barry told BusheyNews: “It was a fortuitous visit, because we had no idea she was going to be coming. She rang the door and we let her in, then she explained that she was from Bushey but hadn’t been back since she was a young girl.
“We decided to show them around both the museum and the village and it seemed to be a very emotional experience for her. She was thrilled and excited to see how there was around Bushey and clearly found it all very entertaining.”