Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Playtime's over for Cath after 42 Great Years

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Playtime's over for Cath after 42 Great Years

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A GRANDMOTHER who has run a playgroup for 42 years is retiring after looking after thousands of children.

Cath Jones, 78, has run the playgroup in Seymour Road, Clayton, full-time since 1974. Cath, who has five children and three grandchildren, described how she has looked after three generations during her decades running the nursery.

She said: "I have had children come in who became parents and brought their children and then their grandchildren ended up coming here too. We would look at each other when they first came in and I'd say 'I can't believe it, you again'."

Dwindling numbers rather than Ms Jones' own health has prompted the decision to close the playgroup. The nursery has gone from looking after more than 20 children to just one.

She said: "It's not my body that's telling me to go, it's my purse. …

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