I’m guessing at the year but I think I was seven at this party photograph. I look the same as in the violin photo, which is what makes me date it 1965. My birthday is May the fifth, and this looks like a sunny year for it. I would always have a party with five or six of my best friends, my parents put on some great games – pass the parcel, musical chairs and all the old favourites. This photo was taken outside our front door. At the back on the left is Karen Slade who was a year older than me but lived just up the road and we were always in and out of one anothers houses. Back right is Karen Voak who was in my class at school and also lived just up the road. At the front, left to right; Susan Green, me, Beverley Twell and Carole Crossley (from the violin photo).
I’m not in touch with any of these friends now, we all went our separate ways aged 11 when the 11 plus exam split us up. Myself and Carole passed and headed off for the local Grammar school (Westlain Grammar School). By that time I was no longer friends with her, I’d met Cathie who I would remain best friends with for all my life (so far!).