A ROYAL NOD
My future mother-in-law did not allow me into her house, on the corner of Northern Parade and Nelson Avenue, Portsmouth. I used to wait on the pavement for my future wife. This was the route which the Royal cars took on the way to or from trips. It was sometime in either 1956 or 1957 and I was standing on the opposite side of the road, close to the corner where Twyford Avenue joins Northern Parade. A large black Limosine came around the corner towards me, from Twyford Avenue. When it came alongside me, the car stopped. To my great surprise, inside were The Queen and Queen Mother. They smiled and nodded, which I returned and the car drove away. I had hoped that a Royal Nod warranted a Knighthood, but I am still waiting. My wife and I are now both 76, with the same birthday and we now have 14 Great Grandchildren from only 3 of our 6 Grandchildren. We were married in 1957 at St Saviour's Church, Twyford Avenue, by the Rev Alan Talbot, a former 617 Squadron Navigator. We used to run the 49th Portsmouth H.M.S. Belleraphon's Own Cub pack and we went on board H.M.S. Vanguard in the harbour, for church parades.