A VISIT TO MY BIRTHPLACE
27 FEBRUARY 2006
Sunday 19th February, myself and my husband Pete, decided to visit
Ferrybridge, where I was born in June 1945. We travelled from Coventry and on our arrival went into
the newsagents shop where the people were really helpful.
was born at 'Sunnybank', Doncaster Road, Ferrybridge. My mother was Nellie
Hewitt and my father Syd, who worked at the Humber factory. My brother
Graham was seven years old and they were staying with a Mrs Draper at the
Mrs Draper and my brother Graham
Draper had a daughter called Amy Calvert, who lived in Linden Close and
had two sons, Clarence and Stanley. When I was about 15 or 16, me and my
mother went to stay with Amy and Clarence at Linden Close.
gentleman in the newsagents phoned a lady who he thought might be able to
help us find where I had been born and also the address in Linden Close.
We went to visit a Mrs Joan Wood who invited us into her home even though
she was busy serving dinner.
remembered Stanley and pointed out the address I had stayed at in Linden
Close and we then managed to find Sunnybank on Doncaster Road. We took
some photographs and also found the church of St. Andrew, where I had been
christened, as well as the old school my brother attended the two years he
was in Ferrybridge.
was only six months old when the family moved back to Coventry as the war
father died when he was only 45 and my mother died aged 93 in 2001.
was lovely to visit the place I was born and to find the people so
friendly and hospitable.
wonder if there are any local people, who will probably now be aged about
90 years or more, who remember the family from that time?
and my husband Pete would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who
made my day so memorable.
27 February 2006