I was born on the 1st August 1940 at The Old Rectory, Tostock, Bury St. Edmunds and went to school at Elmswell primary school as there was no school in our village.
At the age of 11, I passed my 11 Plus and went to the West Suffolk Grammar School in Bury St Edmunds. I left at 15 (much to the disgust of my headmaster) and started work in the accounts department of SAPPA where I stayed until my marriage to Ray on the 12th May 1962.
Ray was in the RAF and was posted overseas to Aden in June of the same year and I followed in Sept, travelling by sea on board the SS Nevasa calling at Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus and Port Said. When we came home we were posted to RAF St.Athen in S. Wales and lived in Barry.
Whilst we were in Wales we had a son Jonathan born on the 19th February 1965 who sadly died aged just 2 weeks.
We then left the RAF and returned to Suffolk when in July 1966, we had a son Tony and another son Chris in July 1972. Tony is now a policeman in Bury St. Edmunds and Chris is a physio at North Manchester General Hospital. We have 6 grandchildren, 1 girl and 5 boys.