A woman who once lived with a movie star has released a book of poetry at the age of 80 to reflect on her remarkable life.
June Houlding, of Oswaldtwistle , was once flatmate of renowned British actress Charlotte Rampling as well as being a neighbour of Rod Stewart’s.
June, who recently returned to the borough due to ill health, spent more than 25 years travelling the globe and described her life as ‘one long movie’.
The former Highams mill worker says she has been shot at in Turkey, and regularly filled up rock star Jimi Hendrix’s car with petrol.
She also cooked for the president’s wife Jackie Kennedy, ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev and Princess Margaret at the famous La Popotte restaurant in Knightsbridge, London.
June’s book ‘And so it Goes’ features 60 poems chronicling extraordinary episodes of her life.
She said she had the idea for the book for some time and so she started penning poems recently.
She added: “They feature everything from working at Highams in the mill – one of many jobs in Accrington I was sacked from for telling too many jokes and making people laugh – to running a hotel in Afghanistan.”
Great-grandmother June, of Lime Avenue, joined the army aged 17 but ended up running a shoe shop in Church with her ex-husband.
In the 1960s she upped sticks to London.
She said: “My life has been one long movie – sometimes a horror movie. In the swinging sixties I went south to mix with a cosmopolitan crowd and ended up living with Charlotte Rampling.
“Before that I’d worked at a petrol station and filled up cars for Jimi Hendrix and members of The Beatles and The Hollies. It was because of my ability to talk that I lived the high life.”
She added: “I had a quest inside me to travel. But I was a lousy mother and left everyone in Accrington and the children stayed with my mother and father. Thankfully I’m great friends with my children now.”
June said she was finding it hard adapting to old age after her experiences in Asia.
She said: “I would go hungry and can't remember having money but that was how I chose to live to experience places like Afghanistan and Thailand for the beautiful places they are. I was also shot at in Turkey.
“I’m house-ridden now after a hip replacement. It has been hard. I’m old but my mind is still as it was.”
June has published 50 copies of the poetry book and is still deciding what to do with them, but says she may donate them to charity.