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  • Writer's pictureWendy Percival

Immersed in the 1950s

I've been browsing through the family photograph albums this week, looking for photos of the early 1950s, inspired by what I'm reading at the moment - The Lydmouth books, by Andrew Taylor.

The series is set in the fictional town of Lydmouth, a few years after the end of the Second World War when Britain is still trying to get back on its feet.

The books not fast-paced crime thrillers but told at a gentle pace, reflecting the conservative nature of society of the time

I'd read a couple of later books a while ago and decided it was time to go back to the beginning and start from Book 1, An Air That Kills (you can read my full review on Goodreads). I'm currently reading Book 2, A Mortal Sickness.

I came across a few photos of Dad and Mum from the early 1950s before they met – one of Dad at his drawing board (he was a engineering tools designer), along with some of him with friends and family (middle picture is with my gran and great-granddad).

As I was browsing through I noticed one he'd labelled (below, left) as "Mick and me (Dad is on the left in the picture), Colwyn Bay, 1953."

Coincidentally, I found one of my mum with friends, (above, right – she's the one carrying the white bag), which was also taken in Colwyn Bay and also taken around 1953 - the year before my parents met.

My first thought was, wouldn't it be funny if they'd been there at the same time... until I realised Dad was wearing a winter coat and Mum was wearing a summer dress! Nice idea, though...


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