A Note to All
Not through rose-coloured glasses!
GUYS & GALS – DON’T BE SHY
This Laindon site is amazing and becoming better all the time; I have been asking around and know I am not the only person to think how well the site is doing. However, it is only down to the contributions sent in from all over and of course our clever Webmaster producing our articles in such an interesting format.
I get the feeling that there are quite a lot of ex Laindoners out there who are avidly reading the Laindon History site but are not actually contributing with their stories and/or photographs. It may be that they feel their story isn’t interesting enough or that they are just shy. If you have any connection with Laindon, then you have the right to contribute. I also believe there are some owners of good material who do not wish their personal details splashed all over the site for various reasons. I too have promised a relative I will not publish their old photos, because that’s their wish, but I hope they will change their mind one day. We are not here for always and when we are gone, our survivors might be searching for glimpses of their ancestors’ pasts and surely that would be an everlasting gift to them.
I feel old Laindon was unique and there is nothing to replace it now. This is not a romantic idea because it wasn’t a perfect place nor were streets paved with gold (more like mud-tracks). There was a lot of heartache and misery but what it did have was spirit: this having been revived somewhat by the contributors to the site. We have a good bond with each other which cannot be broken, due to our knowledge of the old Laindon. We have the true and interesting history stories and the heart-felt funnies; we also have learned folk who will correct our stories when we have possibly gone a bit off course. Priceless!
I hope this note may stir some more folk to contribute to the Laindon history site, including the Dunton Plotlands area; for them to tell of their lives or to relate family stories and supply photos. I suspect quite a few of us may have aging relatives/friends who have stories to tell. Maybe we should take the time and ask them about the old times before it’s too late. This method of putting down our stories is much better than a book because I feel we are getting to the heart of things and it will always be there on-line for us all to use, enjoy and enrich our knowledge.