Artificial flowers go all over the world - Mr William Croot.

From a Wickford Gazette article of 1967.

“I even send daffodils to Wales,” said Mr W. Croot, Vice President of the Wickford No 2 OAP Association. He made them for many years, it being one of his favourite¬† pastimes. Mr Croot, who had been born in Holloway, and served in WW1, moved to Wickford in 1928. At that time the land he bought was surrounded by fields.

The flowers he produced were surprisingly delicate, made of flimsy paper, and lasted longer than their real counterparts.

He spent his spare time devoted to helping the elderly, when he arranged trips, holidays and outings for the members of clubs he supported. 

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  • Thank you for posting the picture and item about our Great Grandad Croot. My older brother and sister remember him well. Before moving to Runwell he ran a corner shop in Islington. He built his house in Runwell himself and originally had a little shop attached to it.
    His eldest daughter and her husband George Harrison moved to Church End Lane in 1938.
    His eldest grandson, also George Harrison, joined Wickford Council School in the summer of 1938 going on to Wickford Senior School in 1939. He became school captain and left in 1942.
    Any other information you come across on William Croot we would love to hear about.
    Many thanks again for posting about Great Grandad.
    Kind regards Gillian Price and family

    By Mrs Gillian Price (01/07/2020)

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