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My parents marry

21st December 1951 and my parents are married in Ardwick, Manchester, with Charlie on release from his Naval duties. Question: Does anyone know why he is wearing a black shirt and not the customary white of a rating? I’m wondering … Continue reading

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Albert and Ellen Mellor

So here are Albert and Ellen, some 40+ years after yesterday’s photograph and aboard the famous Lambretta that was their special present to themselves in their later years (they never owned a car). Gorton Road at the time is virtually … Continue reading

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Ellen Mellor

My maternal grandmother Ellen Mellor is standing at the front door of their terraced house on Gorton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, sometime in the 1920’s. Husband Albert has taken the photograph. Outside you can see the cobbled street and a large … Continue reading

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The Wheatsheaf

Christmas letters #8 The Wheatsheaf Inn, East Hendred, Oxfordshire was owned for 3 generations by the Mulford family, related by marriage to my paternal grandmother May Barrow (before marriage her name was May Day!). The Mulford family were very close … Continue reading

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The Austin A35

Christmas letters #7 The Austin A35. That car did some miles. I’m dating this photo of my Dad to the mid 60’s – during one of our many holidays to Cornwall. In the front, my Mum and Dad (him driving, … Continue reading

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A family day out

Christmas letters #6 This, I’m guessing, is Trentham Gardens, near Stoke-on-Trent and I’ve got the date around the very early 60’s. What is unusual about the photograph is the both of my grandmothers appear together, a very rare sight as … Continue reading

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The footballer

Christmas letters #5 Check out the shorts! Summer 1984 (I think) and we are in sunny Swindon, Wiltshire for the Hambro Life Assurance annual 5-a-side football tournament, with teams from branches of the company all over the UK. Next to … Continue reading

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A Christmas Letter 1941

Christmas letters #4 I’ve posted this letter before on my blog and social media – but make no apology for the repeat as it never fails to remind me how lucky I am. Written by my maternal Grandfather Albert Mellor … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka

Christmas letters #1 Here is a rather grainy photograph of my Dad, Charles William Barrow (Charlie) in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1948. This was, I believe, his first year as a “sparks” (radio operator) in The Royal Navy, following a … Continue reading

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On 10th September I announced that “letters from an imperfectionist” would be migrating into the 7connections blog. I’m asking the good folks at ApexHub to advise me on what difference that has made – because I have some important things … Continue reading

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