Trip Down Mem­ory Lane

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

More than a year ago, I found a COUN­TRY LIFE mag­a­zine. Ev­ery­thing I read fas­ci­nated me, so my hus­band and I de­cided to take out a year’s sub­scrip­tion. I an­tic­i­pated the ar­rival of our first mag­a­zine, the June 2017 is­sue.

You can un­der­stand my shock and sur­prise, when my fin­gers stopped pag­ing at the sight of a black-and-white photo of my mother as an ac­ro­bat in the Pagel’s Cir­cus (taken around 1951). What I wasn’t aware of, was that some of the fam­ily pho­tos I owned, were also in the pos­ses­sion of the lady who runs the Pagel House B&B in Aberdeen. I im­me­di­ately con­tacted Lyn Dug­more, who was keen to meet up and share in­for­ma­tion.

A year later, we booked into the Pagel House B&B. Much of the guest house re­minds of a by­gone era. Our host was wel­com­ing and spent time with us, shar­ing her knowl­edge about Pagel’s Cir­cus.

I was 22 when my mom died of a brain tu­mour and, due to a long ill­ness, much of her cir­cus life died with her. Hav­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence has added new mem­o­ries that my chil­dren can pass on to their chil­dren one day.

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