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Ann Jones

Julia Mear met Ann Jones in Colyton. This is her story. ‘I was born just before the start of the Second World War in Welbeck Street, London. At some point we moved to Purley in Surrey, very near to Croydon Aerodrome. Our house was requisitioned by the government for the troops. Mother was horrified on our return at the end of the war to find lots of holes bashed in the walls—it was a mess. We moved into our grandparents’ house just up the road. My grandmother was an artist and ...

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David Starr

Julia Mear met David Starr at his home in Axminster. This is his story. ‘I was born in Nelson Hospital in Merton Park, Surrey on 4th August 1936. My mother, Bertha Eleanor Agnes White and father, William met in Clapham, their families all knew each other. Mum was dad’s second wife. His first wife was mum’s twin sister who had died aged 29. We were all very close with lots of extended family around us. Although I was born partially sighted, I led a normal and happy childhood, of course then ...

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Fran Williams

Robin Mills went to Lyme Regis to meet Fran Williams. This is her story. ‘My family weren’t originally from Bridport; we moved there when I was very young. My Dad was a teacher with young people who had behavioural difficulties. A striking memory I have from that age, of about 7, was going to a bakery in Bridport with a Jamaican friend, standing in a queue for a long time and not being served. When we got back to the car Dad asked where the doughnuts were, and when we said ...

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Laurence Anholt

Julia Mear met Laurence Anholt at his home in Colyton. This is his story. ‘I’m generally a cheerful person so I’d like to think I didn’t make too much fuss when I was born on 4th August 1959 in Barnet. In theory that makes me a ‘Norf Lund’ner’ but it’s a bit more complicated than that because my father was a Dutchman with family roots stretching all the way back to Persia. My siblings, Alison, Danny, Simon and I spent our early years in Holland and we went to little Dutch schools. ...

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Mitch Norman

Robin Mills went to Bridport to meet musician Mitch Norman. This is his story. My family came from Swindon, Wiltshire, to Bridport when I was a boy. My parents bought a snack bar in South Street, which was the only place in town with a juke box and pinball machine. The records on the juke box were changed every week according to the hit parade, so that was how I developed my interest in popular music. My brother had an old jazz guitar, and he left it lying around, so of ...

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