At the library, we were delighted to greet Alan Davies, a frequent contributor to the archive website, here on a visit from his home in California. He had brought along his long-time friend Jim Grindle who had travelled down from near Liverpool. They were joined by other friends, Hazel Fox, Ray Farmer and Alan’s cousin Tony Davies.
A very pleasant couple of hours was spent chatting, reminiscing, looking at old photographs, listening and laughing at each other’s stories and enjoying some very welcome tea and biscuits with thanks to ‘Ken’s Café’.
More arrivals brought a gathering of around 27/28 visitors.
Monthly meetings at the library always go quickly and we ran over by half an hour. A few of us decided to go on to have lunch somewhere followed by a trip to The Haven Museum at Dunton. The Old Dog at Herongate was decided on. At the table, Alan was asked what he misses most about England. He didn’t answer but with a smile on his face, he pointed to his glass of beer!
Many reunions have taken place at the library on Memory Days, including one of my own last month when I met up with Fred Llewellyn. He and I sat next to each other in 1951 in the infants at Markham’s Chase School. We can both remember our first day in Miss Mayhew’s class, 63½ years ago.
On Monday morning, Jim was due to leave for home and we were more than happy to offer him a lift to Laindon Station. Before departure, I took a photo of the two firm friends.