My mac took me to the An­des and the Ama­zon

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Mar­ion Mor­ri­son, 79, lives in suf­folk with her hus­band. she bought her white PVC mac in 1966.

I BOUGHT this mac at Sel­fridges, just be­fore my hus­band, Tony, and I set off for South America, where we were film­ing travel and wildlife doc­u­men­taries for TV.

I can’t re­mem­ber what it cost, but it wouldn’t have been a bomb, be­cause I didn’t earn enough to splash out on fash­ion.

The idea was to have one set of smart gear to wear while we were out there — to im­press peo­ple and look the part. This was my smart over­coat, and I adored it.

This photograph was taken out­side our fam­ily home and, at the bot­tom of it, my fa­ther has writ­ten: ‘Our Mar­ion look­ing posh.’

I sup­pose it was quite posh — I grew up in ru­ral Suf­folk, and I’m not sure Mary Quant had reached the coun­try­side by then.

Her de­signs were shorter and freer than other clothes and, boy, did they make a state­ment.

We’d grown up wear­ing drab school uni­forms, so this was a breath of fresh air.

Ev­ery­one wanted to be a part of it and, if you couldn’t af­ford Mary Quant out­fits, you’d make them from pat­terns in mag­a­zines.

The mac may not have been the most prac­ti­cal thing for three-anda-half years on the road, but it made me feel great — whether 1,200 ft above sea level in the An­des or in the swel­ter­ing depths of the Ama­zon rain­for­est.

Un­for­tu­nately, hav­ing been packed and un­packed so many times dur­ing our trip, by the time I got home it was creased and brit­tle.

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