Our Life President and Founder
1906 - 2008
The Graffham Rustics greeted with great sadness the news on Thursday July 17th, 2008, of the death at the age of 101 of our Founder and Life President, Mrs Edith (Eddye) Loring
Eddye Loring on her 100th Birthday
In the early years of the Second World War two Land Army Girls wrote a hilarious musical play, drawing on their experiences on the land. In 1950 they approached Noel Dicker who produced occasional plays in the Empire Hall about the feasibility of putting Back To The Land on here. So, in 1951, the Graffham Rustics were born.
One of those women was Mrs Edith (Eddye) Loring who has been involved with the society ever since. At one time she was, as an excellent contralto, an important member of many casts; she was prolific in her musical composing, and, with several different partners, wrote 4 shows that have entertained previous audiences; and she was a director who knew exactly what she wanted from her cast. Latterly she was less active, but, even 5 years ago she was still attending every show, and, particularly when her works were involved, able to give advice to current directors.
Eddye Loring celebrating her 100th birthday with YoungRustics
In the early 1980s she was made Life President of the Rustics, and she is held in great esteem and affection by every member of the society who knows her.
On the 10th November 2007 Mrs Loring celebrated her 101st birthday.
1906 - 2008