“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.