Kettleshulme history as seen through Alan’s eyes

Alan Boothby with his book of recollections of life in Kettleshulme
Alan Boothby with his book of recollections of life in Kettleshulme
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A KETTLESHULME man’s recollections of life in his home village are helping raise money for a leading cancer charity.

Retired stonemason and builder Alan Boothby, who was born and bred in Kettleshulme, has detailed his memories of village life in a book ‘How Things Have Changed’.

Alan Boothby used tens of thousands of matches to build this model

Alan Boothby used tens of thousands of matches to build this model

The 70-year-old, of Macclesfield Road, originally published the 80-page history in November - and since then they have “sold like hot cakes”.

“It was really good fun writing the book,” said Alan.

“Kettleshulme has been a good village to live in – although I have seen many changes over the years.”

Recalling one incident in 1963 when a major snowstorm hit the village, he said: “We had to dig ourselves out. I was in the building trade then and, with no work, spent eight weeks digging in the snow.”

Proceeds from the sale of Alan’s book will help to support the work of The Christie in memory of his late wife.

An avid artist and builder of matchstick models, Alan is also using the sale of his work to support The Christie.

lTo obtain a copy of ‘How Things Have Changed’, priced £6 plus postage and packaging, call 01663 732392.