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A VISIT TO MY BIRTHPLACE

27 FEBRUARY 2006

On 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.

I 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 above address.

Mrs Draper and my brother Graham

Mrs Draper and my brother Graham

Mrs 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.

The 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.

She 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.

I was only six months old when the family moved back to Coventry as the war was over.

My father died when he was only 45 and my mother died aged 93 in 2001.

It was lovely to visit the place I was born and to find the people so friendly and hospitable.

I 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?

Myself and my husband Pete would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who made my day so memorable.

Maureen Gibbons
27 February 2006


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