She shares seashell from the seashore

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly Rich at Drusillas Park 2015 donating her seashells

Milly donating her large collection of seashells

It was so lovely to donate seashells for everybody to see.

Milly - just to remind you. From Moss's book made just for Milly 'Anniversaries Come Every Year'

Milly – just to remind you. From Moss’s book made just for Milly ‘Anniversaries Come Every Year’

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly's seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

Milly’s seashell drawings for Tropical Shells Co Ltd.

 

Valentines – not for use

Valentines - not for use poem from Moss to Milly Rich

Valentines – not for use poem from Moss to Milly Rich

We can’t all be good looking but what you can do is have a pleasant expression. I think that a pleasant expression is very beautiful, don’t you?

Argus newspaper reports Milly on BBC4

Milly Rich, Argus Newspaper 2012 and Passions on Film BBC4, 1956 Pathé Film

Milly Rich, Argus Newspaper 2012 and Passions on Film BBC4, 1956 Pathé Film

British Passions on Film, BBC4, 2012

When the phone rang it was the BBC. They couldn’t believe they found me. They looked up the Milly Rich from the Pathé pictorial made in 1956. They collected me and drove me to London and this is the result on film.

The producer Leslie Smith wrote to us:

Millie’s interview was absolutely wonderful and I know the entire nation will fall in love with her all over again when they see her.  Her passion and warmth and immaculate taste come shining through and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you both for coming to London for us! The programme would not be half as good without Millie and I am very much in your debt.

The oldest old girl at the Old Girls reunion

Old Girls reunion, Central Foundation Girls School, Spitalfields photo by Patricia Niven, 2014

Old Girls reunion, Central Foundation Girls School, Spitalfields photo by Patricia Niven, 2014

Central Foundation Girls School Reunion 2014

Great thanks to the Gentle Author Spitalfields Life Blog for organising all the girls. We had such a great time and made lots of noise. The reunion was in The Galvin restaurant michelin starred and very gourmet. This is the site of our old school hall. It’s ironic to think the girls were from the poorest families and now we are sitting in a restaurant for ‘high-net-worth’ individuals.

Galvin La Chapelle history

‘Europe’s only woman (seashell) importer’ British Pathé film

Millicent Rich, Sea Shells, 1956 film, British Pathé

Millicent Rich, Sea Shells, 1956 British Pathé film

Filmed in the Conran showroom 1956

Pathé Pictorials were shown during the interval between the A and B movie when you went to the ‘pictures’ in the 50s and 60s. They were also shown at News Theatres where you could see shorts while waiting for a train. I was asked to star in this for the reason it says in the movie: ‘Europe’s only woman (seashell) importer’! The film says it was shot in our ‘Balham flat’ Actually it was the Conran Showroom. I was 39.