Hidden toys spark Budleigh author’s imagination

Children’s author Jan Oke, from Budleigh Salterton, recently shared her latest tale Major Glad, Major Dizzy, with local youngsters at the town’s library.

Jan, 54, of Little Knowle, penned the book after discovering a secret stash of toys hiding beneath bedroom floorboards at her home.

Jan’s book, for children aged five to 10, focuses on a pair of Victorian toy soldiers who were unearthed from beneath floorboards due for refurbishment.

Jan and her late husband, Jerry Oke – who died suddenly in July 2006 after suffering a heart attack on Budleigh beach – wrote children’s book Naughty Bus in 2004.

Jerry was a professional photographer whose images were featured in the couple’s first book.