A SONGWRITER who forged a love of music in the choir of a Hayes high school returned to her home town to sxe her memories.
Marion Heawood was invited to local radio station Hayes FM after the producers heard one of her songs, inspired by the fight against a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The show was broadcast last week, and in it she talked all about the xd-ships she endured through life and how she overcame them by writing songs which she feels are ready to hit the big time.
Mrs Heawood, who now lives in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was born in Rectory Road, Hayes, in the 1940s and moved to the village of Cranford shortly after.
She attended Cranford Park School, before moving house again to Raybourne Road, enrolling at Cxville Primary, and a final time to Conway Drive where she became a pupil at Mellow Lane secondary.
Her father, Adam Cutts, worked for EMI records in Hayes and her mother, Molly, did part-time housekeeping for a singer called Helen McKay who performed at Alexandra Palace as part of the first ever live television broadcast by the BBC in 1936.
Mrs Heawood said: "I had always been around music growing up, but it was not until I got to Mellow Lane and heard their choir that I really became captivated.
"The music teacher, and director of the choir, was Brian Trant and he became my idol. He encouraged me to take music O-level which was worth about five grades in today's music studies.
"We used to rehearse at Queen's Hall, part of Hayes Methodist Church, and would perform many concerts there as well over the years. Brian used to drive an old Morris car and would always try to squeeze as many of us in as possible to get there and back."
Mrs Heawood suffered a marriage breakdown in the early 1970s which resulted in her ex-husband being awarded custody of their three children, Carolyn, David and Mark.
She left Hayes for Buckinghamshire where she met, and eventually married, Colin Heawood who helped rebuild her life and encouraged her to take up songwriting.
She said: "He got me through everything and I used the pain I had experienced as a catalyst for many of the songs I decided to write.
In the 1980s she entered and won a BBC contest to find a lyricist to rewrite Frank Sinatra's hit Three Coins In A Fountain and her success drove her to enter several other events.
Her Song for Wycombe was arranged for the Herb Miller Band, conducted by the brother of Glenn Miller, while a song called Crowded Rooms was recorded commercially after its success in the International Song Contest held in Cork, Ireland.
Mrs Heawood gave many of the rights to her songs to a publisher and faced a long struggle to regain them when she decided she did not like what was being done with them.
Having now done so she said: "There have been many recordings made of my songs but I was never tempted to sing them myself. Writing is what I love most.
"I am now hoping to find a versatile artist who would be willing to make some recordings of the songs I won back the rights for."
One such song, called Once In The Life Of The Moon, was written as a protest against the third runway and it was this which led to Mrs Heawood being on Hayes FM.
She said: "I had not returned to Hayes in years before I did the show as it held too many unhappy memories so it felt strange to be back and see what had changed.
"I loved doing the show as it helped me exorcise some demons and I hope whoever heard the examples of my songs felt moved by them and the fact they originated in Hayes."