I lost my dad to the cancer a year ago today. I was determined not to spend today being sad (and this blog is certainly not a place to do that!) but remembering and being thankful. To remember him and my family passed, I thought I would post some amazing family snaps of his parents that I have been meaning to scan in for a while. I lost my Nan 10 years ago, and my Grandad 4. They both played a big part in my life growing up and I miss them both dreadfully.
I can see the resemblance of my dad in both my Nan and Grandad. I look much more like my paternal line than my mum's family, and people used to say when I was little that I looked just like my Nan, Peggy.
So here they are:
Left to right : My dad's Parents, George and Peggy, and then Grandad's sister Elsie and her husband Tom. As you can see, Grandad and Tom served in the Navy during the War. My Grandad's ship docked in the North East of England in Hartlepool, where my nan was from, and that's when they met. After the war he went back to get her and brought her to London, where they lived in Ealing, where I'm from, for the rest of their lives.
George at the front
You can't see it clearly on the scan, but here is Peggy sporting an adorable sailor Sweethearts brooch!
They got married on Christmas Eve, 1946, in Hartlepool. Grandad once told me the story of when he was travelling up North on the train to get married, and he was so nervous that he got drunk on the train and arrived to meet his new In-Laws completely bladdered!
This is one of my favourite photos ever!
Looking like a very cool couple with my dad as a toddler
Little Sailor daddy
I love this pic. This is my Nan with my dad's younger sister, my aunt Jeanette. The stamp on the back of the actual photo has 'Happy Snaps Photo Studio, Guernsey' as you can see the sign in the background. I gather that photographers snapped holiday makers and then sold them the photos afterwards
Another extremely cool pic of Peggy, when she worked in a sweet shop in Ealing
She looks like a Mafia wife here!
I remember my Dad telling me that his mum never kept anything, and would throw away anything that wasn't glued down. He said that he said some great Beatles records when he was young, and Nan just threw them away! Needless to say, I didn't inherit any amazing clothes or treasures from her, but these photos are enough.
I hope you've enjoyed my family pics, I will try and get some of my mum's side for next time.
Dad and I