A volunteer from Wisbech Citizens Advice Bureau ticked off Anne Robinson in an angry letter – and got the Weakest Link star to apologise.
The surprise correspondence gave today’s Rural Cambs CAB Wisbech volunteers a giggle when it was found in an old cuttings scrapbook.
In 1983 Anne Robinson had taken a swipe at the CAB nationally in her Daily Mirror column, describing its volunteers as ‘bored middle-class housewives’.
By return of post she received an indignant response from the Fens, inviting her to Wisbech where she’d find the volunteers were anything but as she described.
Oonagh Tucker, the advice service leader at the Wisbech office of Rural Cambs CAB, said: “We were very amused that Anne Robinson – who’s made so many people look small on TV’s Weakest Link – got her come-uppance from a humble CAB volunteer!
“We have the letter Anne wrote back thanking the volunteer for pointing out her mistake. She enclosed the apology she’d been forced into printing in the paper because she’d got it so wrong.
“Her mailbag had overflowed with letters from clients over her jibe at CAB volunteers, saying what a great job the bureaux did for them.
“Today our Wisbech volunteers are even more diverse than then, when Anne was told they were ‘a mixed bunch of all classes, all ages, and both male and female’.
“Our volunteers range from 25 to 90, come from all walks of life and one or two from different countries and cultures. We urgently need more volunteers and welcome everyone – we can use your skills and experience, whatever they are.”
n To find out about volunteering opportunities with the CAB, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop your details in to the bureau at 9 Church Mews, Wisbech, PE13 1HL.