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Life on a Dartmoor Scrapyard
The Later Years by Peggy Harris
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Sam Harris's scrapyard at Lettaford on Dartmoor has become something of a legend, and people have fond memories of Sam's cheerful smile and friendly demeanour. It was his daughter Peggy, long after leaving home, who decided to put pen to paper, telling of life on the scrapyard and resulting in the publication of two remarkable books. What is even more remarkable is that Peggy left school finding it difficult to read and write.
But what of Peggy's life today? A single mother who was determined to bring up her daughter Clare as a lady, Peggy Harris has a grip on life that one simply has to admire. Chris Chapman followed Peggy for a year with his film camera, gaining an insight into her hard yet noble life. In February 2015 Skerryvore sponsored a run up event for Chagword, Dartmoor's Literary Festival. The evening kicked off with three ladies reading their favourite passages from Peggy's two books, followed by the screening of the film and questions from the floor to Peggy. The evening was a sell-out.
Hi Chris - I just wanted to drop you an email so say how brilliant I thought your film about Peggy Harris was. You really captured what a resilient and strong woman she is, I feel honoured to have met her - she is amazing! Your film offered a real sense of her grounding in the countryside and it felt like your photos had come to life in the cinematography. You offered just the right amount of pathos and humour.
KD, Moretonhampstead, Devon
Dear Chris, I just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed your film and hearing Peggy being so open and direct. You have a real gift for enabling your subjects to relax and trust, and it was a really moving evening. Thank you.
SR, Gidleigh, Devon
The village hall was packed wasn't it? And no wonder. Peggy is a good speaker, very natural and down to earth. You have captured this woman's life in such a way that leaves no doubt in my mind that you really know her...the authenticity of your work, sensitively observed reality, never wanes.
I love all the work you have produced, films, photos, books and the Peggy film is true to form...BRILLIANT. Thank you for keeping Dartmoor and its subjects alive for us.
MC, South Zeal, Devon