Sepia Saturday encourages bloggers to record their family history through photographs.
When I saw this prompt of three young men carrying football boots, there was only one photograph I had to feature and it only came into my possession a few weeks ago.
Thanks to a local historical society, I now have the earliest photograph of my father, aged 14 in 1926 as a member of a winning football team.
|My father is on the right of the middle row, identified as Perce Weston.|
One of the supporters took a carrier pigeon along with us and set it loose at the end to let Brosely know the result and to prepare a welcome, as we were bringing home the cup! "
The pigeon was obviously an ancestor of Twitter!
Unfortunately I only had a broad indication of the year for the event, which made tracing it in local newspapers difficult. In an effort to find out more, I contacted Brosely Historical Society who put my enquiry on their online newsletter. 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. He was a great follower of Wolves and Aston Villa 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.
|My father in the 1930's proudly showing off his car with his younger brother Charles,|
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