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Joan Leach was a local historian, a volunteer at the Heritage Centre, a founder of The Gaskell Society, and much more besides.


Nutty Squirrel

Joan Leach

Did you hear about the rogue squirrel in Knutsford (Wednesday 6th November 2002) who attacked a two year old girl? It had earlier bitten someone's ankle. It may have been more playful than aggressive and an animal behaviour expert reckoned that it might have been fostered be someone as a youngster and lost its fear of humans.

The two year old Kelsi Morley's grandfather shot the creature to prevent any further incidents.

The story appeared in the Knutsford Guardian and The Daily Mail.  I was contacted by news agency for details about the town. An American member of The Gaskell Society surprised me with the information that USA's news channel CNN put out the story over there.

Long Life to Widows
On Manchester Road last week a house was having a window refurbishment so the firm put an 'A' board advert on the pavement outside. It announced that having such work done 'could add 50 years to the life of widows'. Is that fair to the rest of us?!

Last week I was given a pack of Spanish cheese by a friend returning from a visit there. I hadn't thought of Spanish animals as different from ours but the label says "Made with pasteurised milk from manchegan sheep cattle.'' and adds "Lot and to be consumed best end: label" I think that's 09.03 so I have plenty of time to decide whether to risk it.

Joan Leach 11/11/02