When you lose someone you love it gives rise to memories of others who are no longer in your life. Knocked for six, when my husband passed away I joined a Facebook site for ex-pupils of the school I attended in Bolton, UK. When I saw a photo on the site of my former English teacher, I got the notion to send him a copy of my latest book, but I left England for Australia in 1959 and had lost touch with my school friends.
|Off to school -aged 11|
A post on the site triggered a search. Everyone got in on the act, donned their Sherlock deerstalkers and tracked him down. Several months ago my former classmates also known as the Golden Girls delivered a copy of my new book, Yelp! and a letter from me to Mr Worthington. The sentiments expressed in the letter are the same as those on the video sung by Lulu from the film “To Sir With Love”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTapoA5RQyo
I would have loved to be there. But I was delighted with these photos sent to me by Hilary Clough who coordinated the search and presentation and recounted how pleased Mr Worthington was to receive both my letter and a copy of "Yelp".
That was back in October. Today I was intrigued to receive a letter from England. Intrigued because I left the UK for Australia at Christmas fifty-seven years ago, and I couldn't imagine who could be writing to me.
|The badge in the frame is off the beret I was wearing on |
my first day at school.