Remembering Flo, Rasen’s grand old lady

Flo Mason
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MARKET Rasen’s oldest resident has died at the age of 105.

Flo Mason had lived at Waterloo House in the town for the past five years and was a well-liked and lively resident

However, she will be fondly remembered by many former De Aston pupils for running the school’s unofficial tuck shop from the cottage she moved to in the mid 1930s, which backed on to the school.

And one of her schoolboy customers, Brian Marshall, was a regular visitor to Flo at Waterloo House, which gave her great delight.

Florence Ivy Birkett was born on April 24, 1906 in the village of Irby, between Caistor and Grimsby.

She moved to Market Rasen in 1932 when she married Philip Mason and they lived in Willingham Road, next to the chip shop, before moving to the cottage in 1936.

As well as serving tuck shop treats to the children at De Aston, Flo also worked on a vegetable stall in Market Rasen Market Place until she was in her 80s.

In an interview with the Mail on her 100th birthday, she said her earliest memory was of a trip to Cleethorpes in a covered decorated wagon when she was eight or nine.

She also recalled the end of the First World War, when she was 12 years old.

Her older sister took all the children to see a celebration parade but, because she had a bad headache, Flo was unable to go.

However, there was a storm and they all got wet through, so at least she stayed dry.

The funeral service for Flo Mason will be held in Market Rasen Methodist Church next Wednesday, January 4.