Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Lockdown Reveals Archive Images

This entry is for Great Grandma Dot, who is pictured in three of today's images.

She recently handed over a huge number of postcards. In sorting through them I came across a folder from F M Sutcliffe, of Whitby, where I remember the two pictures immediately below this text being taken. I would guess that they date from summer 1963, after we had moved to Guisborough from Ryton (Shropshire), where the top picture must have been taken around 1960.

The next picture is annotated on the reverse, 'Gilman and Soame Photographers, Oxford', so it may have been taken at the time of my uncle Peter's wedding in Oxford to Jackie. That would be '63 or '64, I guess.

This final picture is dated 1965, and includes my dad looking very 'headmasterly', and 'Granny Banfield' in the centre. In earlier times when we were at junior school in Albrighton, she carried out the enduring grandparenting task of looking after us in her bungalow after school, before Dot had finished work and came to collect us. She had a lovely dog called Paddy, and strictly observed 'no games' when we visited on Sundays. 

I hope Dot can look back on some happy memories from these times. I certainly can.


Sir Hugh said...

I was slightly surprised to read of the Sunday observance as recently as 1965 which for me is relatively recent, but my son now reminds me of us living in Stockton-on-Tees in the late Seventies when Sunday was, if nothing else, quiet day with very limited shop opening. Wow! how times have changed.

Phreerunner said...

Grandad was a vicar, Conrad.

One of my religious colleagues, Chris, a fine fellow to work with, observed a similar regime, and seriously objected when shops were allowed to open on Sundays in the 1980s.

We thought 'The Age of Automation' would give us all more free time!