Ernie Rossell is forever associated with the blacksmiths on Wide Street. His brother William Rossell wrote a biography when 80 years old entitled "This is my life as remembered by me - ", extracts of which appeared in a newspaper article titled "Growing up in Hathern". His first memory was of being "britched". He recalls games of marbles, Sunday School treats, the annual Wakes and the floods in the Soar Valley. Peter Spencer aged 72, in the same article,  recalls days playing cricket on the Round Bank and remembers a quote from a Methodist minister "Hathern, Hathern, with all thy faults we still love you". Mr. Rossell likewise dismisses the idea that Hathern is wicked. You can read the whole article here.

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