Two totally different memories today, one of which I intended to put with a photograph, but - sorry - windows 10 is still only new to me and I just can't find it now that I have scanned it into my computer. Managed to do it four hours later. I'm learning!
So memories without a photograph. It is seventy five years today since I was bridesmaid for my brother on his wedding day - January 24th 1941. He was, of course, just about to go off to fight - in fact he was married in his uniform. But I don't remember any poignancy to the occasion - it was just one jolly, happy day as far as I was concerned. Weren't parents good at keeping the trauma and terrible worry of war away from us children? My brother survived Dunkirk and the war and he and my sister- in- law lived happily together until he died in 1985. My sister-in-law is still alive and, at the age of 95, lives in a Nursing Home. Sadly, I suppose, she will not remember what day it is today - but she is happy and contented in her own way and that is all that matters. So sorry John (Going Gently) but can't post that childhood photo you requested.
My other memory was triggered by reading that a new biopic by the BBC entitled 'Stan and Ollie' is to be made. As kids we used to think Laurel and Hardy Films were the last word and we absolutely adored them. Then in 1953 I went to see them on stage in Nottingham as they toured the Musical Halls, trying to revive their image. As Kevin Maher says in yesterday's Times - Hardy was already ill, they kept falling in and out, and they toured, trying to recapture some of their earlier 'hysterical, heyday magic', But it was too late - times, and the sort of comedy that attracted the masses - had moved on. I remember the evening as one with a half-filled theatre and a very poor, lack-lustre performance. I shalln't go and see the film. That era has long passed and can't be revived in my opinion.