Coates provided highlight of Olympics opening ceremony

FOR devotees of the celebrated Hucknall-born musical composer, Eric Coates (born 1886), one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London on July 27 was the playing of his ‘Dambusters’ March.

Another highlight was the amazing cabaret of luminescent hospital beds which heralded the tribute to the National Health Service. At one point the beds lined up to shine forth GOSH, the initials of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

Observing the doctors and nurses dancing around the luminescent beds in the dazzling cabaret to celebrate the National Health Service (NHS) no doubt reminded many older Hucknall people of Mary Green, who assisted her father, the well-known healer Samuel Green at Hucknall, after training as a nurse at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and wore the same uniform as the nurses who took part in the cabaret.

How Mary would have enjoyed the tribute to the NHS had she still been alive.

After her training, Mary helped her father, Samuel (son of the renowned healer, Zachariah Green) to make countless thousands of sticks of salve, sold for a penny each, for export to Canada, where they were the accepted treatment for the cuts and sores suffered by the backwoodsmen. They also manufactured other medical first-aid requirements such as plaster bandages.

When Mary Green took over the surgery on Beardall Street, after her father’s death in 1915, she vastly extended the facilities for treatments and built up by coloured photography a record of her work in the field of skin ailments.

By the time of Mary’s death in 1980, many Hucknall residents of retired age had received treatment from her at one time or another. When they expressed their appreciation of her work, she would say: “Not me — God working through me.”

Mary never forgot her nursing training at Great Ormond Street, and her greatest concern was always for the suffering of children and their ailments and pain caused by accidents.

Two years before her death, she formulated plans to leave Carisbrooke, the home in Beardall Street she loved, to the town of Hucknall, so that it might be used for the benefit of handicapped or deprived children, but sadly the plans came to nothing.

MAVIS ELLIS

Enniscorthy,

Mansfield Road,

Papplewick.