As it’s Father’s Day here in the UK, I thought I’d mark the occasion with some family photos. Despite rummaging through the albums I haven’t managed to find a photo in which I appear with my father . He was always the one taking the photographs, so he rarely appears in any of the pictures. As a keen photographer he was very proud of his camera which I believe was a Rolleicord. Even in the 1950s and 1960s there wasn’t much spontaneity about taking a family photo. I recall a lot of preamble with a light meter as the settings all had to be adjusted for each shot!
The best photo of dad that I can find for now is this lovely photo of my parents Roy Cecil Brittain (1929-1998) and Doris Neville (1928-1993) on their wedding day in September 1954.
Sadly the marriage ended in divorce in 1972, but they both look so happy here.
I was fortunate enough to know both my grandfathers. The photo below is of me with my grandad Brittain in 1959 or 1960:
The photo was taken at my grandparents’ bungalow in Canvey Island, I think. Grandad Brittain (Ernest James Brittain; 1905-1981) worked on the railway, and later at a sweet factory in Wood Green, North London. I look as though I’m trying to escape!
Here I am with my grandad Neville, taken at Canvey Island at a similar time, maybe a little earlier.
Grandad Neville (Frederick George Neville or Sheepwash; 1898-1972) worked at the Lebus furniture factory. He loved his garden, and a bet on the dogs or horses.