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Heroine 'Jane' made a visit to The Salwey Arms in Ludlow
FOR the first time ever it can be revealed that the star of Jane – one of the best known British comic strips of all time– visited Ludlow.
Her creator Norman Pett, who stayed regularly at The Salwey Arms, made a special drawing of Jane and her faithful dachshund Fritz outside the pub in Woofferton.
Unusually for Jane, who appeared in the Daily Mirror between 1932 and 1959, she is fully clad in the drawing made by Norman Pett on one of his visits.
The inspiration for her initially came from Norman Pett’s wife Mary and later the model and actress Chrystabel Leighton-Porter.
Jane was particularly popular during the Second World War and is attributed with boosting morale at home and with servicemen.
She was more often seen in various states of undress thanks to a habit of losing her clothes.
Normally, these mishaps had Jane in her underclothes but in 1943 she made a fully nude appearance after slipping when she got out of the bath and falling into a crowd of British soldiers.
The unpublished cartoon has been released by Richard Moulton, aged 73, whose family owned and ran The Salwey for more than 60 years.
Richard now lives in Warwickshire but is writing a history of the canal that at one time ran through Woofferton.
He has a rich family archive that also includes a self portrait drawn by Norman Pett.
Visitors to the Salwey during the war years included Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Prince George, Duke of Kent, the brother of Edward VIII and George VI.
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