This is my Uncle Alf and Aunty Dos. When I first saw this picture, I was puzzled by the rather unusually formal pose. The puzzle was unravelled when I asked my Dad about it. As a young man my Dad did a lot of photographic assignments for Sir Billy Butlin who owned Butlin's Holiday Camps and Dad came up with the suggestion for their advertising campaign. He suggested a photo of a young couple and the slogan 'It's SMART to go to Butlins' as Butlin's close friend was Billy Smart of Billy Smart's Circus fame. This photograph of my Aunt and Uncle, taken by my Dad was used in one of the first EVER television adverts aired with the slogan. I love this story. It makes me chuckle to think what an advertising executive would now be paid for coming up with such an idea! As it was, the photo and the slogan were supplied without charge. We did however, get to have many lovely, memorable holidays at Butlins all over the country!
Sadly my Aunt and Uncle are no longer with us but I have very many happy memories of them too. They were very sporty and active, playing lots of tennis and swimming regularly. As a child, I remember one of the treats they would give me would be to hand me a little set of drawers made out of matchboxes that they'd decorated and attached tiny little handles to. Each visit, I was allowed to open one drawer and discover a little treat inside - a sweety or a tiny toy. As a child I thought it magical. As an adult, remembering them, even more so.