Princess Anne visit brings back memories for sisters

Sisters Helena Cutforth, left, and Judith Sanders stood in front of the oak tree that their grandfather planted at Burghley House.

Sisters Helena Cutforth, left, and Judith Sanders stood in front of the oak tree that their grandfather planted at Burghley House.

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THE visit by Princess Anne to Burghley House has brought back fond memories for two sisters.

Judith Sanders contacted the Mercury after seeing that the royal was planting a tree.

Judith and her sister Helena Cutforth were brought up at Bottle Lodges at Burghley House by their grandfather Edgar Cunnington, who worked on the estate between 1912 and 1965.

To mark the coronation of the Queen, Edgar planted an oak tree at Burghley House with the Marquis of Exeter in 1953.

Judith was seven at the time and Helena was eight.

Judith, of Stamford Road, Easton-on-the-Hill, said: “It is a very special memory and seeing the story about Princess Anne brought it all back us.

“The tree is still there today and was grown from planting an acorn, which was then moved into the park.”