|My father is on the right of the middle row, identified as Perce Weston.|
In "A Pigeon Sent the News" I told how my father John Percy Weston (1912-2003) wrote down memories of his early life in Brosely, near Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Unfortunately I only had a broad indication of year for the event, which made tracing it in local newspapers difficult. In an effort to find out more, I contacted Shropshire Archives and Brosely Historical Society who put my enquiry on their online newsletter. The Archive Centre sent me background information on the school and church. But I am delighted to say I have heard from three members of the society with more personal memories - and even better have a photograph of the winning football team, with my father on the middle row right, identified as Perce Weston. I always thought he hated his middle name Percy, but he seemed to be known by that as a child.
This is the earliest photograph I have of my father and I am so grateful to the Society for filing this gap in my family history. My father retained his love of football all his life and was an avid watcher of matches on television, right up to his death at the age of 91.
And an important lesson from this - don't forget the value that can be gained from contacting local societies and archive centres.