Mary Weir

Hamsterley Hoppings 5We have said “farewell” to one of Hamsterley’s most interesting and colourful characters – Mary Weir, who died peacefully at the home she shared with her daughter Susan.

Mary was born in London, an Eastender, but the war brought the family to the north.

Mary joined the Land Army where she worked at Pond House, farmed by Edwin Knaggs.  She met and married Ridley Weir in 1944 at which time he managed Green House Farm until his untimely death at the age of just 60.

Mary continued to live there for many years and entered village life with great enthusiasm.  She served on the Parochial Church Council and was a loyal attender at Mothers’ Union meetings.  She also served on the Village Hall and Cancer Campaign Committees.  Mary was a member of the Women’s Institute and some will remember her tireless energy and patience in her job as Outings Secretary.  None of these activities, however, suppressed her mischievous sense of humour which sometimes surfaced at unexpected times!

Above all, Mary will be remembered for her interest in and vast knowledge of local history.  “Ask Mary” was advice given to anyone seeking information about the village.   She will be truly missed by all who knew her and we extend our condolences to her son Michael, daughter Susan and their families.


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