Wartime tips

Violet in her LMS railway uniform
Violet in her LMS railway uniform
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This picture, also from Doug Goodall, is of his mother Violet, a porter at Matlock Station from 1941 to 1945.

During the early part of the Second World War Smedley’s Hydro remained open to the public. One regular visitor was a wealthy Birmingham woman called Mrs Lucas, who always insisted on Mrs Goodall’s services when using the station.

This did not go down well with the male staff, as they knew she always received a handsome tip. One day while Mrs Goodall was settling Mrs Lucas down on the 3.20pm St Pancras express, one of the porters decided to flag the train off.

Mrs Goodall had the last laugh though, as she got an even larger tip after travelling with Mrs Lucas to Derby and helping her at that station.