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The Sykes of Sledmere

‘How many knots to the inch in this carpet?’ was just one of the questions which had to be answered by Mrs, Anne Hines when she worked at Sledmere House, near Driffield.

Margaret Jenkins introduced Mrs. Hines as the final guest speaker before the summer recess of the local Soroptimist club. She spoke about the history of the Sykes family and how each generation has developed the land and property now owned by Sir Tatton Sykes, the eighth baronet.

Her narrative was greatly enhanced by anecdotes about some of the personalities of the family and their staff.

During the years in which she worked at Sledmere House, Mrs. Hines was responsible for the day-to-day administration and also the organization of many prestigious events such as the launch of Hob Nob biscuits and photo shoots for House and Garden magazine. No two days were the same and she became adept at coping with concerts, formal dinners, flower festivals and family occasions as well as the less glamorous parts of her job. Throughout her fascinating talk Mrs. Hines paid tribute to Sir Tatton’s dedication and philanthropy.

A vote of thanks was given by Barbara Evamy.

Pictured are Anne Hines & Margaret Jenkins