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“My mother was 21 years younger than him. Dad always told me he was smitten from the moment he saw her.”


they married. Her parents were scandalized as Dad already had three children with his fi rst wife and was old enough to be her father. Photos of them getting married in Penzance paint a picture of a couple in love: her in a striking dress with bold red fl owers and an elegant black hat and him unable to look away.


Marriage was an escape for both of them too, although my arrival certainly made it more of a struggle in those early years. Anger from Dad’s previous wife and eldest children, warnings from both sets of parents and scepticism from friends probably made them even more determined to make it work. They moved to the Lake District in stages, Mum and I living in a caravan up there while Dad stayed in Manchester to earn enough money for a down payment on a bungalow where they would remain permanently. They had the chance of a fresh start, an escape from the past and they left the city for good.


Growing up, I always remember them hand in hand whenever we went out, always kissing and treating each other with old-fashioned courtesy and manners. Dad never neglected to open the car door for Mum, never forgot a single anniversary and always wrote poetry for her, while she always encouraged him and largely kept his wartime demons at bay.


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