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BBC North West Tonight

A great-grandmother who has finally discovered the resting place of her stillborn baby girl after 76 years has described her sense of "big relief".

Marjorie Rigby, 102, told BBC North West Tonight that after being in labour for three days in September 1946 she overheard a consultant's conversation.

She said he told the matron: "This baby is dead. We'll get her into hospital." Marjorie, from Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, said: "He just spoke to her really, rather than me." Even though she knew her daughter was dead, she still then had to deliver her.

For more than 70 years after that traumatic time, Marjorie never knew what had happened next.

"I was just taken back to my room and left," she said. "No-one came to talk to me and tell me how to get on with life."Marjorie said she was sent home two weeks later - standard practice for the time." I just went home and carried on," Marjorie, who was in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force in World War Two, recalled. She went on to have two more daughters but her oldest child, Laura, was never far from her mind. Every year I get a new diary at Christmas and the first date I put in is 3 September - Laura's birthday," she said. "Every year for 70-odd years."After watching that programme Marjorie's daughter, Angela Rigby, did some research and found the charity Brief Lives - Remembered, they traced Laura's grave to a cemetery in Stockport, as well as advising the family about how to get the stillbirth certificate that means so much to them

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