She recalled how he hated being expected to inflict pain on errant pupils, but back then 'you were simply expected to do it.' Proud of his own minor part in banning corporal punishment from schools, his concern for children had inspired her to follow him into teaching.
So what to do with the canes? Astonishingly, people would pay good money for these things. What would her father have wanted?
The answer was easy. There was a bonfire in the garden: with any luck they'd be ashes by the morning.