As our contacts with other breeders in the North of England expanded so did my knowledge and love of
other breeds. I saw the beautiful Persians of Heather Dalley and her mother Doreen, and the fabulous British Shorthairs of Irene Entwistle (Ryelands) and Beryl Stewart (Sweethope). It was on a visit to see new Sweethope babies in 1972 that Beryl introduced me to my first Scottish Fold. Eddie Grayson (Martina) who lived in the same village as Beryl was the owner and had shown real enthusiasm for the breed. It was said that these cats were not going to be recognised by the GCCF and that some were being exported to America. I loved their expression and temperament. Dedication was already being shown by the very few owners of these cats and Beryl was happy to help with the breeding programme. Breeding and show interests of my own took me in another direction and I didn’t get the chance to handle another Fold until Judging at a French show many years later. A huge and handsome Black and White Bi-Colour who went overall Best in Show stole my heart away and I set out to find myself a Fold. I determined that if I could not get one in the UK I would have to import from Europe. I did not have to go to Europe as fate would have it…… I had my first delightful girl from one of the original Scottish Fold breeders -Mrs Mary Stringer (Tikikats).