Welcome to everyone. Thank you for coming.I was going to call this a celebration of mum’s life until I was reminded by Sandra that’s what’s happens at funerals! And so instead …… intro musicMum, this is your life.You were born Patricia Isabelle Cox on 15 June 1931 the 2nd of 5 children to Doris and Frederick.You were born at a clinic in Rivers Street.Not many pictures exist of you when were a baby or very young but we’ve found one.
For course mum is easily recognisable.As are Auntie Jean and Aunt Allene.But which is Uncle Brian and Uncle Frank?You lived here in Kingsmead West flats.
And you went to Kingsmead Junior school.You lived here until you were 10 and then in April 1942 ……siren and bomb music
In April 1942 the Bath blitz started and the Kingsmead area was badly hit. But you all managed to escape and you moved to Combe Down, staying with your grandfather initially. The following night the blitz continued and Kingsmead West flats were bombed and your family lost most of their possessions. During the war people with spare rooms were obliged to take in those who had lost their homes. So you moved to The Firs on Combe Down staying with a Mr Hillier. Being on the edge of Bath it was much safer and old quarries which you used as air raid shelters. In 1943 you moved to Excelsior Street in Widcombe. Looks like today.
There were small houses with just 2 bedrooms which must have been a bit of a squeeze for a for a family with 5 children.You lived at #5.Can you remember this picture?You went to Oldfield Girls school on Wells Road and you left school in 1945 when you were 14.
Your 1st job was at Glissons General Store and green grocers in Kingsmead Terrace.You also worked at:The Odean cinema in Southgate selling ice creams and chocs from a kiosk in the foyer.A confectioners and tobacconists.Then in 1953 you decided to embark on a new career ……
Casualty music and pictures flying in.You started 2 years of nursing training at St Martins Hospital and you qualified in 1955.However, during your time at St Martins a handsome young sailor was admitted.He had apparently fallen down the Pump Room steps!His name was PMD and he was …
Music.Yes, he was an engineering officer in the merchant navy.And not only did he fall down steps but he fell for you.You started courting and after x years he popped the question and ….
You married on 28 May 1955 at St Mary’s Church.Wedding photos.Have you noticed anything about the photos? Blue print.Photographer was from the Bath & Wilts Evening Chronicle & Herald.These photos are the proofs which you kept because at the time you didn’t have enough money to get the full prints.Now you became PIMD and joined ‘the doddies’
Doddy photos.With 4 youngest doddies. Where was this? Occasion?With all new brothers and sisters except Aunt Lucy who I can’t find a photo of. Can anyone remember this occasion?All smartly dressed. You can just tell that you had joined a very SENSIBLE family.After marrying you moved to Lyncombe Hill where you rented a flat where your new husband installed the kitchen.Then in early 1957 you bought ….
Westfield Park.Where you had some lovely neighbours.And it was here early in May 1957 that arguably the most formative, the most wonderful, the most emotionally rewarding period of your life started.
To remind you of those joyous early years I have included another 200 photos. I haven’t really.Actually those joyous years continued with the addition of ….
Followed a few years later by ….
Of course the next few years were dominated by bringing 3 demanding children and returning to nursing.
There were so many photos to choose from to show the following years of us growing up as a family that we’d be here for another 80 years.So here are just a few that Matt put together and set to music to jog your memory.
We as children and young adults have many happy memories of growing up.The great holidays, the love and kindness and support that you and dad gave when we needed it.You saw us all grow but eventually you managed to get rid of us.But I’m going to skip forward now to 1991 which is sadly when dad died.This was a great loss to all of us but he did meet his first grandchild.And for you it was also the start of a new era as …
And now not only are you busy buying up all the chocolate in M&S and Waitrose to give to your 5 grandchildren but you are also a pillar of the St Mary’s Church community.You are part of the flower arranging group preparing decorations for regular masses and special occasions.You help their fund raising by selling Christmas, Easter and First Communion cards and gifts.And unbelievably you are still serving at the old peoples Christmas dinner in the church hall.Well we’re coming to the end of the show now but before I finish I have 5 more photos to show you.Looking through the hundreds of photos Sandra noticed you in a familiar pose. Do you know what I mean?The backing music is by rap singer called Freak Nasty. Please listen carefully to the lyrics to see why this song is appropriate to these photos.
So there we are.80 years young and still going strong.I hope you’ve enjoyed the show because Mum, this is your life.I hope everyone has enjoyed the show.Before I finish I’d like to thank everyone who has helped in putting this together.Auntie Jean, Auntie Cynth and Uncle Brian for the photos and videos.Sandra, Tom and Matt for their technical expertise in putting the show together.