Having read the brief report on the February memory day meeting and seeing the number of attendees (26), I was, to put it bluntly, totally underwhelmed and more than a little disappointed. Although after a while I thought about it some more and came to the conclusion that there cannot be many original Laindoners from times gone by, still resident in the area. Having attended only a couple of these meetings myself during the 18 month period since I first discovered this website, I realise that it may be inconvenient for many who contribute to the site to put in an appearance even if they wanted to.
I have read many of the articles on these web pages and most of the comments made in response to them. It has become apparent that many Laindon people now reside in other parts of our county, myself included. Others in Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire, the West Country and elsewhere, even as far north as Scotland. Then consider the large numbers who left our shores and emigrated, to America, Canada, New Zealand and the greatest number, it would seem, to Australia, no doubt there are others in European countries and possibly elsewhere around the globe.
The worldwide distribution of Laindoners is quite considerable and somewhat remarkable when looked into. There will, of course, be many reasons for these relocations, work opportunities, family, financial/economic etc. etc., or others, like myself, just on a whim. Well why not? It’s not as if Laindon has any “magnetic” draw in its current characterless form.
So to get back to my original point: I think that 26 is actually a reasonable number of attendees, all things considered and for those in a position to be able to attend frequently, what a treat to share precious memories face to face with real people. You don’t achieve that sense of feeling through a computer, but hey! it’s better than nothing.
P.S. Hoping to be able to make April 29th at Manor Mission