My most memorable song is a hymn. George Mattheson was the man that wrote it. He was born in the same area in the East End of Glasgow that I was brought up in. He composed this after he was losing his sight. His fiancé broke up with him because she said she couldn’t be married to a blind man so he wrote this song about God’s love never waning.
It’s always been my personal comfort.
My mother was very hard on me and when I met my husband I thought I would leave all that pain behind but I soon discovered I’d walked straight back in to trouble. I married a very violent man. He had paranoid schizophrenia and when our daughter was a year old he was hospitalised. Overall he spent nineteen years there and I had to bring up my daughter alone.
I worked part time as a compotemeter operator. They were mechanical calculators. It’s what we used before computers.
It’s been a hard life – I’ve had three breakdowns because of the strain- but this song reminds me God is always there for me.
Photo: Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside