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Betty Porter was a nosy neighbour of the Oldroyds. Betty attended Albert Oldroyd's funeral in 1914, and gossiped about his daughter Margaret with Ava Bainbridge, Joan Carr and Mary Ann Teale. Betty commented that the Oldroyds' housekeeper Dot Colton said that Margaret didn't even cry, and then ranted on about how undevoted to her father Margaret looked. Betty, along with the rest of the villagers, became sour towards Maggie when she hired a coward, Hugo Dawson to work as a farmhand. However, when Hugo was almost killed saving Ava and her daughter Iris Bainbridge from The Woolpack fire in 1915 (despite Hugo losing his family in a fire two years prior), the villagers began warming to Hugo and Maggie and accepted them within the village.

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