Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Fingers crossed

Here we go then ,with some more of the pictures,I found and scanned on Monday evening.They were taken when Sharon and I went to Manchester  on a coach trip to visit Granada Studio's about eight years ago .The first one of  myself and Connie is particularly poignant,for me I've known Connie all my adult life ,her husband Tom,was my late husband Mick's tradesman whilst he was serving his apprentiship,back in the late 1950's .Both Tom and Connie worked hard as Labour party members and as councillors for The Peterborough City Council ,all their lives.Tom was Mayor one year with Connie as his Mayoress,Later Connie was honoured to be made Mayor in her own right ,with Audrey Chalmers (another friend)as her mayoress ,that was the year the Queen came to Peterborough to present the Maunday money ,my memory of that day was of Connie chatting away to the queen in her own ,down to earth,no frills ,what you see is what you get style ,and judging by the queens body language that day ,she was enjoying Connie's company too .No problem was ever to much for Con,she was so approachable, I remember too  ,when she found out she was to become Mayor ,she asked me to take her place on the board of Govenors at our local primary school,she prepared me well for the position ,you see such was her commitment to whatever she did ,she was'nt leaving the board without a replacement .Sadly at Christmas,this year Connie died suddenly ,at her Daughters home where Tommy and her were spending Christmas .Her funeral service took place in Peterborough Cathedral,the day I went to spend my M&S vouchers ........... I didnt speak about it then,but when these pictures turned up ......It was a moving site to see all the dignatories of the town ,joined in great sadness ,along with all her neighbours and  family and friends in this awe inspiring place,saying their farewells to this great and ordinary Lady ,I shed my tears as I wished her well on her journey to eternal rest.With a silent prayer of thanks for the hard work she'd done . 

 The second picture as I said is of Sharon and Tommy,what a character ,he is,very frail now though  as you can see he's yelling to be let in ! The next picture is taken out side the Rovers Return .Strange now Sharon has her own pub ,I have printed off a copy of this picture for her to diplay there!and lastly back in the Borrowers house ,trust her to find a huge bottle of cointreau . There were so many sets to see as well as the obvious Coronation sets,we saw were blind date was filmed  .The house of parliament ,were a live sitting was staged with all of us taking part ,with shout of aye and order etc ,Needless to say it wasnt the real 10 Downing Street ,But as a day out it was excellent.I took lots of film with my camcorder that day too.  

                                         LOOK  I'VE DONE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 comments:

haileen2003 said...

Wow, what an 'Entry, So sad about your Friend but fond memories.
My Mum (98) is constantly telling me 'tales' of when she went to Granada Studios, and Coronation Street. I would love to go.
Congrats! on the Signature.
You've mastered it all now!
Aileen....X

sdrogerson said...

Great photos. I wish they still did that tour as I would love to see some of the sets.
How well you speak of Connie.................
Well done on the tag!!

jlocorriere05 said...

Sorry to hear about Connie, she sounds like a lovely lady. Well done for getting the siggie on!! I knew you'd do it. !! Or was it me threatening to come round your house and show you that finally got you working on sorting it!! Have a lovely day. Jeannette xx

wobblymoo said...

Well done :) Lovely memories of a good day out and old friends too xxx

aniracj said...

Wish they still did the tours of the studio; no idea why they stopped!! Love the story of Connie. And good to see you finally got your sig sorted!!!

jaymact1 said...

Told you it was easy once you've done it once your away. Great pictures would have liked to do that and see The Rover etc; Lobe Joan

nedmoh said...

Well done Jan for putting on that Jan signature, you've done it all now, clever sis.I know how much you liked and admired Connie, what a lovely tribute to her.Love your pictures...... With Love Jeanxx

jeanno43 said...

Great photos. I probably could not have helped because I never use Youve Got Pictures as you probably know.  Great sig, glad you got it on.  I so enjoyed the pictures, sad about your friend but you have the wonderful memories.

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ally123130585918 said...

Lovely pictures Jan - what a great day out you had....So Sad about Connie...but you have your memories of her to keep...she sounded a lovely lady...Ally

funnyface0s0 said...

Hello Jan
What a lovely entry - special friends are so precious and their memories even more so.
Jayne x

jules19642001 said...

brill pics, especially the rovers return one, I have to say that being a northern lass born and bred...........Jules xxx
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labdancer51 said...

Hi Jan, A great entry today.  Thanks for sharing your photos and your memories with us.  I love you name tag! :o)

Sandra xxxx

jmoqueen said...

Awwwwwwww what a lovely entry to Connie :-)  She sounds like a right character and I expect the queen likes characters!!  Well done for adding the sig xx

nightmaremom said...

great entry!  I love it and I am so happy you got the name sig to work for you!!  Yeeehaaaw you are so clever ::wink::  
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faircolleen said...

what a lovely tribute to your friend Connie. . . to think you watched her talking to the Queen as well,thats a great memory to have.I went to the Granada Studios once,think it was on the sea front at Blackpool.Me and my sister had a laugh a minute walking down Coronation Street and then we saw all the sets of the houses. . it was a fabulous day out.

icklemisssexpot said...

Lovely entry and thanks for sharing your memories of connie she sounds like a great character :o)  Well done on getting the tag on  Caff xxx

sarajanesmiles said...

Lovely entry m'dear, and great photo's to accompany it :o)
Well done for getting the tag in!!
Sara   x