They move into their own house in Oswin street above Nellie Keanes Hat shop, here begins Margarets love for shopping
Bob eventually gives up the band to concentrate on night classes and qualifies as a company accountant although he was always called upon at any suitable occasions
In 1953 Bob and Margaret have their first daughter Diane
In 1956 Bob and Margaret join the elite (?!) and buy their first house in the suburbs of Herne Hill
Family is still close by and they enjoy evenings out together
1957 their family is completed by the arrival of Jane
In addition to the new house a few years later the first car is bought from uncle Joe
The Austin Somerset is used in family outings to Margate.
1964 The move is made to Epsom where they are reunited with Squib, John and Rene, who has now married Wally. Extended family plays an important part of the Harris's life
1966 marked the year of the first family holiday abroad to Austria, it would be the first of many
Around this time and the move to Epsom Bob takes a keep interest in Golf as well as encouraging his children’s hobbies!
Diane and Jane are getting older and the family enjoy Masonic ladies nights
1976 Diane has graduated from Lampeter in Wales where she meets and marries David and they move to live in Guernsey
1978 Jane has graduated from Kings college as a physio and moves to Somerset 1978 Bob gets made redundant but finds two new jobs and eventually becomes director of one 1979 Diane moves to Kent 1981 Jane goes to work in Australia for a year….
1983 – Jane meets Pat in Oz and they get married in England in Bobs thermal golfing long johns
1984 – Diane has a baby girl Rachel who becomes grand daughter no 1
1984 6 months later Jane and Pat also have a baby girl Lisa and a visit to Australia is in order
1986 Bob finally retires and they move from Epsom to Hythe to be closer to daughter and grand daughter
They soon take over parties and have the first of many visits from Australian family
In 1990 Jane and Pats family are getting older and have another daughter Michelle who Bob and Margaret never get to meet as she dies at 4 months
In 1990 Margaret gets diagnosed with Breast Cancer which soon spreads. Bob becomes a tireless support and carer throughout a long two year battle
Later in 1992 last grandchild Jenny arrives, the baby of the family of course warrants a visit to Oz!
When Bob returns from Oz he soon needs something to keep him entertained and delivers meal on wheels as well as providing a taxi service for the church as well as the grandchildren
1995 – Jane Pat and family come over from Australia and move in with Bob on a years Visa. Of course the grandchildren make themselves helpful!
After a number of months they return to Australia. Of course a family get together is in order for the goodbye
1995 Bob meets Lilly, an older woman (!) with an eye out for a suitable dancing partner. Bob joins Saltwood dancing club which soon revives his love of dancing and music.
1999 – Diane and David split up and Diane Rachel and Sarah move in with Bob for a couple of months, this turns into nearly 3 years where he relives living with two teenage girls!
2000 – Bob, Lilly and Diane accompany seven 17 year old girls on holiday in a heat wave in Kos
Bob continues to go Dancing and meets Derek, a demon with a computer and a keyboard, Bob soon invests in a very complicated and state of the art keyboard and jamming sessions begin! (CDs available for a small fee!)
Through the years he enjoys Holidays to…. Paris 32