28 September 2012 - Laindon Library Memory Day
Alan and Rosemary Shead, who both attended Laindon High Road School, came down from Cumbria to attend our memory day and enjoyed themselves meeting up with old school friends who had come to see them, mostly they had not seen each other for a considerable number of years. It was a busy and delightful time for us all.
Penny, Alan’s sister who had come to the library with him was remembering people she new when unexpectedly one of these pals arrived to return some books, I surprised both of them when I introduced them again, an unexpected but successful reunion allowing them the opportunity to exchange telephone numbers.
Ann and John Rugg, Sue and Andrea came to support the memory day so our corner of the library was quite busy.
Roger Wicking a contributor to the site travelled down from East Anglia to bring some documents for Ian to copy. He is very enthusiastic about our site and is going to arrange to bring us some photographs from his mother who still lives locally. He is also an ex Laindon High Road School pupil so he too joined in discussions with the rest of our visitors.
A group of us met at the Crown Hotel after our meeting for a drink and catchup chat, we hope we were not too noisy and exuberant.
Although we did not sell any merchandise we were able to give John quite a large amount of donations from our August memory day.
There seems to be a consensus from our visitors over several events that they would like more Saturday memory days, perhaps we could give this some consideration for next year.
The archive seems to be doing its job in getting the community together again.