Goodbye to the Queen of Bude

It came as a terrible shock to me, and no doubt many others, to hear that Margaret Frost of Margeret’s Rustic Cafe, also known as The Queen of Bude for her love of the town and her charitable works within it, passed away this morning at 11 am in Exeter Hospital.

It seems Margaret, doyenne of the Cornish Cream Tea, suffered a massive heart attack from which she never recovered.

You all know Margaret. She was a full-on lover of life who lived hers to the full. I didn’t know her that well, but whenever I met her she was funny, a little loud, and always laughing. I do remember going to the Rustic Tea Room for one of my many birthdays, where she got all the people present to sing a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and gave me a free cake to accompany my scone!

Everyone in Bude knew her, and even Bude’s visitors reckoned hers were the best cream teas around.

But more importantly, she was simply a lovely, giving person. As Joe Keat wrote on her Facebook page:

An absolute hero if ever there was one!
You always brought the very best into peoples lives and supported the people and businesses of Bude like they were your own family.
Northcott Mouth just won’t be the same again.


And he’s right. RIP Margaret. B& B sends condolences to your family and friends.

This photograph was taken last Saturday when Bude Town Band presented her with the person of the year trophy. Only yesterday she was out in town in the rain collecting for the band funds.


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