Party time of their lives

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

ITH a big white bow in her hair and her party dress on, Jean Broughton looks like she is hav­ing a great time at this Christ­mas party.

She is one of the chil­dren on this pho­to­graph, taken dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son in 1947, who are clearly en­joy­ing them­selves.

Jean spot­ted her­self, just to the left of the cen­tre of the picture.

She has her mouth open and some­one’s hand on her shoul­der and is be­tween a girl who also has her mouth open and one with dark rimmed, round glasses.

“I would have been nine-years-old when the photo was taken,” she said.

“My dad, Les Broughton, worked as a lorry driver at London Brick and then went into the of­fices at Phor­pres House in Peter­bor­ough when he was a bit older.

“I can’t re­mem­ber how many years he worked there but it was a long time. My un­cle, Les Wise, used to drive one of the dou­ble decker buses that would have picked us up and taken us to the party.

“I think there were sev­eral of them.

“I think he worked for London Brick as a bus driver.”

Jean was born and grew up in Flet­ton and went to Old Flet­ton County Pri­mary School in High Street, where many of her class­mates also had par­ents work­ing for the London Brick Com­pany.

She recog­nised the girl on her right, whose mouth is ob­scured, as Pat Spreck­ley, and told us Vi­o­let Sawyer was the girl di­rectly in front of Pat. one year.

“My brother, who is seven year younger than me, re­mem­bers go to the pan­tomime at the Em­bassy Theatre in­stead.”

happy days: Jean Cuth­bert was known as Jean Broughton when she at­tended this chil­dren’s Christ­mas party, or­gan­ised by the London Brick Com­pany at Phor­pres Club in Peter­bor­ough, as a nine-year-old.

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