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Shop meeting led to cinema job and marriage

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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Marlene Byford-Rew (pictured) was born Marlene Jones in Hayle in 1944 to Francis and Audrey Jones. The family lived in St Johns Street, a thoroughfare she regards as the best in the land.

After attending the infant school at the back of Copperhouse Chapel in St Johns Street, she went to Bodriggy Primary School until the age of 13, when she moved to the Hayle Comprehensive.

Opened in 1957, she was one of the first students, but left after just two years to start her "working" career. Her first job was with Tom's in Copperhouse, which traded in groceries, draperies, shoes and other essentials.

She worked from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, with Thursday afternoons off, and a starting weekly wage of £2 and 8 shillings. She stayed there until 1965, when she left to get married.

"My life in Copperhouse was very good," she said. "I only lived up around the corner in St Johns Street and on occasions my mother would bring me my dinner or tea to the shop. Life was good as a teenager."

One day, a new boy called in for some waders. He was Colin Rew, a boatbuilder. More importantly, his mother and stepfather ran the Palace Cinema. It was the beginning of a relationship which would lead to marriage – and a job as an usherette.

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