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This England - - London Pride -

Sir: I re­cently vis­ited a long-stand­ing fam­ily friend who em­i­grated to Van­cou­ver, Canada, from the Mid­lands in 2003. She is known af­fec­tion­ately in our fam­ily as Aunty Vi­o­let.

Al­though she ab­so­lutely adores liv­ing in Van­cou­ver she keeps in touch with her her­itage through This Eng­land. She has very fond mem­o­ries of her life in the Mid­lands and rel­ishes the quar­terly in­stal­ments of your pub­li­ca­tion. The copy she showed me was very well thumbed!

In par­tic­u­lar, she told me that the mag­a­zine is dear to her heart be­cause her first sub­scrip­tion was ini­ti­ated by her late hus­band as a sur­prise for her birth­day.

I have very fond mem­o­ries of Aunty Vi­o­let look­ing af­ter me as I grew up. There is a par­tic­u­lar photo of us to­gether, which was taken when I was only about a year old. So, on this trip to Van­cou­ver I took the pho­to­graph with me, and we fea­tured it in a new pic­ture with my daugh­ter (Edith) who is a year old!

If there is any chance you could make a men­tion of my won­der­ful Aunty Vi­o­let, then I would be so grate­ful! At 94 years of age she is cer­tainly a great role model of some­one who lives a full and in­ter­est­ing life — and still drinks York­shire tea and loves Eng­land! — ALICE RACK­LEY, TOOT­ING, LON­DON.

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