I took Bel Mooney into the Rolling Stack, to show her the rare books, on the evening we launched the Bath Literature festival from Bath Central Library.
She was wearing a beautiful pair of shoes with stiletto heels, which I very much admired. Unfortunately the heel of one of these shoes became lodged and trapped in the tracking the shelves used to roll on.
Bel was rescued by her husband. Her shoe was rescued by me!
We became friends and she has supported our library ever since – making donations of books whenever she can and becoming president of the charity Read Around Bath, which the Library Service helped to found.
Her support has been invaluable, and I am very thankful to those shoes!