Will you still need me when I’m 64?

Local author Robert Ashton has been sponsored by Rosedale Funeral Home to encourage students at Harleston’s Sancroft Academy to imagine what life will be like when they are 64. Robert has devised a writing competition based on the theme of his latest book, “Where are the Fellows who Cut the Hay?” which explores how our relationship with everyday things has changed over the years, and will continue to change in the future.

Students met Robert recently, who described how things were 50 years ago when he was their age. He then invited them to imagine how things would be different when they were 64, in 50 years’ time. Now the students are busy asking parents and grandparents about the past, and thinking about what life will be like in the 2070s. They’ll then write 300 word pieces that will be judged by the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, and the Food Museum at Stowmarket, with prizes of book tokens for the most imaginative and best written three entries.

Commenting on their sponsorship, Karen Howes from Rosedale’s Harleston funeral home said:

“so much of our time is spent with people who regret how the world has changed over recent years, it’s a delight to be encouraging young people see the positive aspects of the changes we all face in the future.”

Students will submit their competition entries, some of which will be displayed in Rosedale’s premises on Exchange Street in Harleston and prizes will be presented at the school by Rosedale before the summer holidays.