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Still in love with Watford
ALTHOUGH Mrs Doreen and Mr John Brister of 4 Cliff Parade, Hunstanton, Norfolk, no longer live in Watford, they have been keenly following the Nostalgia articles in the Watford Observer. Both in their seventies, they have very happy memories of their younger days in Watford and would love to hear from anyone from their past.
Our son Stephen is a keen Watford football supporter and so passes on your paper to us. We have been particularly interested in the articles on Jimmy Perry. My husband was in the Home Guard in 1941 until 1943 when he was called up in the army.
He cannot remember Jimmy Perry but enrolled at Lower High Street and did some training in Cassiobury Park and sometimes had parades in Langley Road. His platoon sergeant was Frank Hearndon who at that time was employed at BAO north Watford.
It is interesting, that my husband John was employed in a bank at the time, and we have wondered if Pike in Dad's Army was based on him, as he was very young and naive at the time, although he says his mother never made him wear a scarf.
I can remember talking to Jimmy Perry when my younger son Mark was in Shrodells hospital in 1960 at the same time as his son was there.
My husband John and I were both brought up in Watford and attended the Grammar Schools but did not meet until July 1945 when he was home on leave from Italy. We subsequently married in 1947. We settled in Kingsfield Road, Oxhey after living with my parents for a few years, and when we could afford a mortgage.
The bank did not pay very well in those days. We lived there for 17 years and brought up our two sons. We eventually moved to Norfolk with a few house moves and are now settled in Hunstanton with both our sons and their families nearby.
We do not visit Watford very often these days as most of our friends have moved or died.