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For as long as anyone can remember, Mary Morris’s family have lived in and around Longtown, a small village on the edge of the Black Mountains, on the border between Herefordshire and Wales. Like many rural villages, it has changed enormously over the years. Once it had butcher’s and grocer’s shops and a garage. Now there is only the general stores with a Post Office inside, which is where she has worked as counter assistant for the past decade.
Mary says: 'The shop’s busy from the moment it opens its doors at 8.30. The nearest supermarket is a good half hour away, but people can get most things here. The church and chapel have good newsletters, but I reckon you catch up quicker on what’s going on in the village when you come into the shop. Apart from the chat, there’s a notice board for buying and selling, and another advertising upcoming events.
Longtown has changed a lot in my time. Shops may have closed, but don’t get the impression that the village is dying. New businesses are opening up, such as the bottled water factory and another which makes quality fabrics. New houses are going up and old properties are being renovated. The trouble is, property prices are going up, and young people can’t afford the high prices. If they go away to college, they tend not to come back. Even so, Longtown is still a good working village.'
Mary Morris, Post Office Assistant
oil on board
H 97 x W 71 cm
on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
signature and date