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The Day Before Yesterday: 121 - A Twenty-First Birthday

Gladys Schofield tellls of an important family party in their new, large home.

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At lunch time in Winter, we sat close to the large cooker to eat our sandwiches. Pauline perched on the brick hearth, the kettle was kept constantly warm on a long plate on top of the cooker and could be moved to a hot position over the fire, if needing boiiing water quickiy.

A new topping for tables was now in fashion called 'Formica'. Our old dining suite was a bit too shabby after twenty years of wear, so we bought an extending table and chairs with the washable Formica top. They came in bright colours, ours was red and quite serviceable for young children. It was put in the kitchen as a large stately table stood already in the dining room, left by the previous owner. It was so heavy you wouldn't want to move it often. We only ate in there if we had company or sometimes at weekends.

It was going to be Alan's twenty first birthday in the September of the first year we moved there and we planned a party for him as we had lots of room. The large hall was ideal for dancing.

Cliff said someone where he worked, did catering at weekends, so these people were booked as this job was too big for me to handle, although time and experience had enabled me to turn out some very nice birthday cakes over the years, I was able to make and decorate Alan's.

About twenty teenagers arrived about tea time. We retired to the sitting room and left them to enjoy themselves. The three little girls were fed and retired early, as they were too young to join the party. They would creep down and peep through the banisters and scurry back upstairs when they heard footsteps. As it got late in the evening, I thought I had better settle them down, so went to tuck them in and was surprised to see three of the female party girls, preferring the company of my younger children, who they had only found by chance and hadn't known we had this younger part of the family.

They were a nice, well behaved group of friends and I am thankful this was long before drugs, although our two oldest boys seemed to enjoy a cigarette but David never smoked.

David's school work improved as he got older and moved from the Junior School, to the Intermediate School, at Salendine Nook. He had always disliked the Head Mistress at the Junior School, she had a strong voice, as he had found out when he went there, aged eight and seemed to be afraid of her. Anyway he got more confidence later and left school as his brother Rod did, aged fifteen. He had grown into a tall slim lad and like his brother, in his early teens, had taken a paper round to swell his spending money.


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