My mom was Violet Steele and was born in Broomfield Road, Smethwick. She was born a month after my dad was born so that was October 1919.
Well the first photo, it was taken down at Stourport at my uncle’s bungalow which was converted from a wooden railway carriage. It was one of those with little gaslights in, so we used to go down there for our holidays.
And Mum, she’d do anything, she’d have a go. She used to pot the rabbits. The farmer also potted the rabbits and she used to skin them. She used to hang them up on the porch and then skin them.
She was quite a good shot. And I was quite good - over the years I’ve done different kinds of shooting and clay pigeon shooting, and I could always win on the fair, and everything. Because we always had airguns and that at home.
In this second photo she’s wearing an original bikini. It was bit risqué wasn’t it? She was quite a sexy lady, really! I mean, you can understand why my dad was attracted to her when you see a picture like that.
That would have been when they managed to have a holiday somewhere in between the start of the war and the wedding.
Linda Hughes from Smethwick shares some of her photos and parts of the life story of her mum and dad.
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Colorized clip of Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa in Waray-Waray (1954) by Juan Nicolas .
It’s very rare to see a colorized film from the early years of Philippine Cinema, so seeing this is amazed me. And I know how hard it is to colorized a film even if it’s just a short clip. So much respect.😍🙏🏻
Watch the full clip on his YouTube channel. You can click the link on my bio.