The world at large owes a lot to the late John McHugh as he has helped spare many an individual from Anna May’s wrath.

“John was a great sounding-board,” says Anna May of her late husband. “Often I’d come home a bit irritated by some remark someone had passed. I’d go up the yard where John was working and tell him what happened. And I’d say I felt like writing a letter to them and he’d say: ‘Look it Mam, leave it ’till the morning and see how you feel then.’ It was always good advice to take. The next morning would come and the thing that was said wouldn’t seem as bad at all.”