Some people travel the world in search of celebrities. All Ann has to do is get her autograph book at the ready as the London train pulls in.
"I've always seen my life as a book - one fascinating chapter at a time. Well, fascinating to me anyway!
I left James Howell's and Amross window dressing through ill-health. Doctor advised an open air job. Hence, Wyeman's book store, platform two, Great Western Railway.
The workers were marvellous: plate-layers; drivers; signalmen; wheel-tapers; gas boys; waiting room and kiosk ladies - that's where I fit in. Lots of long commuting passengers were late, so we had their papers ready under the counter. Two-ton Tessie O'Shea's brother delivered them.
In my time I learned to read upside down. We sold a huge amount of paperback, hardbacks and magazines. In the summer we took about £20 a minute. I'd have to run round to the bank with about £3000 in a bag.
Mr Brown - my boss - was very lenient. He let me collect autographs on the job, as there were always celebrities on the London train. I could write an A to Z of them: Shirley Bassey; Harry Secombe; Marty Wilde; John Gilpin from my ballet days; Alexander Cordell with time to spare, signed copies of his book to help us sell them! Some were really famous. Richard Burton - he deserves a whole chapter to himself! Paul Robeson, Paul Newman, Yul Brynner, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Dr Jacob Bronowski, Fess Parker - I went home and changed for him... and even Albert Einstein!
If they were in a hurry, I'd run along the platform giving them my name and address and sooner or later a picture would turn up in the post. Apart from Paul Newman, he brought it back personally.
And one time, I was locked on the train with Bill Haley. While I was getting his autograph there were hundreds of screaming fans outside and the loudest was Marge from ladies waiting room - they put her in the Echo!
Oh, I've got so many happy memories of the platforms of Cardiff Central.
But wanting a white wedding on low wages meant a new job as a Clippie on the trolley buses and a whole new chapter began!"