Village’s own fashion model


A model who grew up in Chronicle Country has died.

Avril James, who was a popular fashion model in London in the 1950s, died in December.

Born Avril Humphries in 1927, she started life as a Londoner but moved with her family to Roxton when she was 12.

She went to the village school and afterwards, aged, 14 she started work on the land.

She then worked in a shop in Bedford before she took a job in the booking office at Sandy Railway Station at the age of 16.

After the Second World War she moved to London and became a model.

Janet Must of Roxton was a child in the village when Avril lived there.

She said: “We all knew her by her maiden name. She really was very important in the late 40s and 50s; she modelled for royalty.

“I remember her being very elegant.”