When Ida Roberts was a child growing up in a small, rural village in the 1920s and 30s, life was hard. There was no electricity or running water and no public transport, so people had to rely on village shops or tradesmen visiting. But, in many ways, it was a good life and there was still plenty of time for youngsters to have fun, as Ida, who still lives in the same village, explains.
ELECTRICITY first came to our village, Hanbury, near Tutbury, in around 1934.
Before that, the only means of light once it went dark were paraffin lamps or wax candles.
We had tapped water at about the same time.
There were several water pumps around the village to supply us with clean water. One pumphouse was opposite the school, another was in Church Lane and there was one down Martins Lane, and some people had their own wells for washing and laundry.
Some people had to walk quite a distance to collect water.