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Myrtle Paton in Shottenden
Myrtle Paton died on Monday, June 19th, 2006.
Myrtle was the widow of Bill Paton, Michael Powell's assistant ever since they met while Michael was making The Edge of the World (1937). Myrtle was the daughter of Neville Horton, the real blacksmith that the one in A Canterbury Tale is based on. Neville & his brother Ben (the real wheelwright) both appear in ACT helping the actors that are playing them.
Bill was a tough little Shetlander and he had joined the Royal Navy during the war, but he was taking some leave when The Archers were finishing making ACT. Myrtle had joined the Red Cross and was away for most of the filming. But she came home on leave to her parent's house just in time for the end of shooting party, and that's where she met Bill. They married in May 1945.
I met Myrtle at various events in and around Canterbury and one time, when we were showing John Sweet around the ACT locations, we descended on her in her lovely little cottage in Shottenden. But she was quite capable of dealing with surprises like that and proceeded to make us all tea and feed us cakes while we all chatted away merrily.
A truly lovely lady.
See also, the tribute to Myrtle from her friend, Margaret Stocker.
Other P&P obituaries