The 86-year-old has written the story of her family’s long history in Bideford and East-the-Water.

A Bidefordian has published her large family’s colourful history in a new book.

Cap’n Bob & Bella tells the tale of East-the-Water’s Bob and Bella Kivell, who between them had 13 children.

Barbara Morrish, 86, was one of their grandchildren, and decided to start recording her family’s history.

She started writing ‘bits and pieces’ on paper but it wasn’t until she met her friend Ian Arnold that the idea of a book became a possibility.

She said: “Ian came over every Tuesday and encouraged me to keep writing.

“I was diagnosed with terminal cancer and only given a month to live in October and really believe this book has kept me going.

“I was thrilled to bits when I first got it back.”

Barbara was a former Edgehill College head girl, who went on to teach at Barnstaple Grammar School for nine years.

She retired aged 57, but kept active, surfing until she was aged 69.

You can buy a copy of Cap’n Bob & Bella at Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford.