History of the Vale

The tale of a Badsey Marrow

Article from the Birmingham Daily Mail, 23 September 1916

A greengrocer who carries on business in  Villa Road, Handsworth, recently purchased a pot of vegetables from the Wholesale Market, Smithfield, and on taking them out for sale, she discovered scratched upon one:

“It is the wish of Mr —— of Badsey, Worcestershire, that the purchaser of this marrow should sell it for the Red Cross Fund.”

The words, which had been scratched on when the marrow was very small, could be read quite distinctly.  The marrow was not full grown and had evidently been cut inadvertently.  The purchaser, however, determined that it should not go into the pot before its mission had been accomplished.

She exhibited it to her customers, and had the satisfaction of collecting £2 5s 6d, which she handed over, together with the marrow, to the Red Cross Fund.


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