Afternoon tea and life at No10

KIRKCALDY;'SARAH BROWN'photo; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'SARAH BROWN'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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INSPIRATIONAL women from Kirkcaldy were treated to afternoon tea, courtesy of Sarah Brown - wife of Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown, charity patron and now author.

Sarah, who released her diary-style book ‘Behind The Black Door’ two weeks ago, invited dozens of the town’s women, and some men, for a special book launch at Beveridge Park Hotel.

The crowd listened attentively while Sarah told them about life at the most famous address in the UK, as well as reading them some excerpts of her book.

Sarah, who was joined at the event by Gordon and their children, told the Press having a special book signing and launch in Kirkcaldy was important to her.

She said: “I’m delighted to be able to do the launch here in Kirkcaldy, and it’s just such a lovely opportunity to see so many people.

Great warmth

“There has been great warmth and support from everyone here and it’s just nice to spend today with some of them.”

Sarah, who is a patron of Maggie’s Centre, added that she was particularly happy to see groups such as the cancer caring centre’s writing group at the event.

The group, who meet for a couple of hours a week in an informal setting, are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings through writing.

Tu Edwards, community fundraiser for Maggie’s Kirkcaldy, said the group was delighted to be at the launch.

She said: “We were very happy to have been invited.

‘‘It has been absolutely wonderful, as well as very inspirational to hear about Sarah and her continued commitment to Maggie’s and all of the other organisations she supports.

“I know that the visitors who come to Maggie’s Centre and who have been inspired by her were delighted to attend and have a great interest in her book.”

Behind the Black Door tells the story of the Browns’ three years at Downing Street, and how Sarah, a patron of several charities, mother and campaigner, managed to balance her time between family, politics and causes.

“I wanted to be able to shine a light on all the different parts of life for the wife of the prime minister,” Sarah said.