A fitting tribute has been paid to one of Barnstaple Heritage Centre s most passionate volunteers. Local author Maureen Wood had been a dedicated pillar of the centre on the Strand since it opened in 1998 and her death in 2006 proved a great shock. A new

A fitting tribute has been paid to one of Barnstaple Heritage Centre's most passionate volunteers.Local author Maureen Wood had been a dedicated pillar of the centre on the Strand since it opened in 1998 and her death in 2006 proved a great shock.A new display has been created in her memory, as well as a reprinting of her most popular book, Just A Few Lines, about the Barnstaple and North Devon railways.The colourful display of two richly dressed 17th century merchants haggling over the famous Tome Stone - and the new print run of Maureen's work - was made possible thanks to a generous donation of £1,000 by her sons Shane and Darrell.The detailed costumes were created by Michelle Watkin of Chameleon Design in Barnstaple, commission by centre creative manager Julie Parker."Maureen's sons were keen to give something to the centre because she loved coming here so much," she said."It's important she is remembered and since she was a quite particular on historical details we wanted to make sure we did this justice by getting Michelle involved."The costumes were created from recycled fabric and proved interesting for Michelle, who said she had never before undertaken the recreation of garments quite so old."It has been a good experience and was actually quite a privilege to be asked to do this and contribute to the town's heritage," she said.Along with Just a Few Lines, written in 2004 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the railway coming to Barnstaple, Maureen also wrote her first book Us be goin' to Barnstaple Fair, published in 2001, closely followed by Thornby's, Confectioners of this Town in 2002. Her last book From Shambles to Pannier - A History of Barnstaple Market was published posthumously in 2006. "The railway book was our best seller and we had sold out, so with that reprinted we now have all of Maureen's books in stock -it's a lovely memorial to her life and work," said centre manager Denise Teague.