MARGARET Doreen (Peggy) Haigh was a bus conductor whose coffin was transported to her funeral in a carriage pulled by two plumed Friesian black stallions.
Born in Singapore 93 years ago, she arrived on Rawdon as a baby where she was brought up by her beloved Aunt Maggie. She attended the old Rawdon Littlemoor school and was well known locally and in the Dales.
During her middle years she travelled extensively in search of knowledge and was in great demand as a speaker at women’s groups on Egyptology and archaeology.
When floods hit Florence, she went out there as a volunteer to help in the restoration of art galleries and damaged precious paintings.
Her other interests included architecture, opera, walking in the Dales, bird watching, writing poetry, knitting intricately-patterned sweaters, good conversation (especially with a pint of beer in her hand) and allotment gardening.
In the war she served with the Women’s Land Army on a 3,000-acre farm near Maidstone, Kent. There she ploughed behind heavy horses and hauled fruit and vegetable carts. While there, she narrowly escaped death on more than one occasion from marauding German war planes. During her lifetime she held down many jobs, but will be remembered by many as a conductor with the old Samuel Ledgard bus company.
A real outgoing character, she was made the first ever female life member of the Rawdon and Guiseley Conservative Club on her 90th birthday.
She never married, but had a close circle of friends who included Ken Yeadon, who paid this tribute: “She was a real character. You always had a laugh on her bus, as long as you behaved yourself.”