Sunday, 8 April 2012

Pals

Prestatyn pals 1960

This 1960s photo was sent to me by a colleague at work whose Grandmother "Greta" ( second from left) was my mother's best friend. My father ( with the very large drink and fag) is holding court centre stage while my mother (far right) is looking rather pensive.
I feel that I should know the lady who is flashing her gusset to the camera, but her name eludes me for the time being.
Take away the cigarettes and change the fashion style somewhat and this photo could have been taken only yesterday. 
It provides a bit of a testament to the power and necessity of friendship and just how vital it is for all of us,to have someone " to be silly with".......it is a lovely photo!
I know I skit Tom Stevenson somewhat for always starting a post with the phrase "I have a friend....."
Looking at the above photo, all I can really say to him as he pens another "friend post" is, you are, indeed a very lucky man!

23 comments:

  1. True friends...the ones you have fun with, cry with ,act stupid with, mourn with ,plan with, laugh with, get drunk with, and it's always alright.
    Jane x

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  2. Oh, that's brilliant. I love the way only two people, plus the photographer (gent with the control button, I presume?) are paying a blind bit of attention to the process!

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  3. I felt a frisson of excitement when I realised that the lady flashing her gusset was called 'Nanny' ...ooooops! wrong blog!!!

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday.x

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  4. Its a lovely photo John. It makes me feel a bit sad as I have lost a few pals that I could behave like this with (through them splitting up and us trying to stay friends with both parties but ending up being friends with neither!) xxxxx

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  5. A wonderful post..

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  6. Like Diane, i too thought of friends who for time and circumstance are now lost to me, and of my parents and their friends, most of whom are now pushing up daisies.

    I was next reminded of a group of people who have come to be my friends and thought of some of the silly things we have gotten up to; thankfully, we didn't have cameras rolling.

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  7. Love the fruit bowl on top of the cabinet. Posh or what?!

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  8. Is that a Karaoke mic I see?

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  9. Sparrow
    You know I just dont know.... its well before Karaoke days.... looks like a PA mike

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  10. could it be a camera switch???

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  11. "Flashing her gusset'? Love this expression! You are so proper!
    You know John I was thinking that this photo was SO 1960's and only that time period. My parents never socialized but Ron's did and this could be a photo in the albums he has of his Mom and the 'birthday girls'. They did it differently back then as compared to today....somehow. They really did know how to have fun, as you said. Must have been the after-effects of the war that made them appreciate to be breathing at all!

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  12. Yes my Mom and her friends loved to partay! And when they had too much they were all over me...no wonder I'm GAY.

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  13. My parents loved to have their friends over... cocktail parties, dancing, stiletto heels and narrow skirts, the limbo, Pimms's, ciggies, peanuts and ash in the bowls next morning...

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  14. Friends are something to cherish. Loved this post. Thanks.

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  15. I feel like I should google "gusset" but I'm afraid what might come up. I think I get it. Great post, as always, made me smile.

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  16. That's a precious photo of a happy evening long ago. I wonder what the chap with the microphone was singing.

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  17. "Flashing her gusset" had me busting a gut. :-))))

    My parents don't have the photos like I do from my wilder days, but they did enjoy a good party. From the photos, my mother and her golfing buddies had grand times.

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  18. Shirts, ties, suits; reminds me of my people's own parties.

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  19. The lady with the gusset has her arm around your Dad !

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  20. Love the photo. Friends and good times are the best that life has to offer.

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