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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Sepia Saturday - A Newspaper Addict

Sepia Saturday encourages bloggers to
o record their family history through photographs. 
When I saw this prompt of men reading newspapers and the breaking news of the day, I knew immediately which photograph I would feature - one of my father.
Dad  was an avid reader of newspapers and also had a strong interest in journalism and politics.  He  left school  at 14 years old and was a  self-taught man.  He was unashamedly Conservative, reader of "The Daily Telegraph", admired the Queen, Winston Churchhill and Margaret Thatcher and was a member of the local constituency party helping at fund raising events, delivering election leaflets etc.  He often wrote letters to the local newspaper on political issues - much to the concern of my mother who did not like the verbal brickbats that he could receive.  

We were a family who always listened to the news (radio in the  morning and  TV in the evening), and watched major events ranging from the Queen's Coronation, Royal Weddings, and Sir Winston Churchill's funeral,  to the building of the Berlin Wall, Cuban crisis, space missions returning to earth and  the shooting of President Kennedy

Along with Dad, I was   politically informed  - but no activist.  I  followed the course of General Election campaigns and results and remember one year marking up with coloured pencils an election map in  red and blue (Labour & Conservative) with occasional  yellow for Liberals.
Frustratingly I had to wait quite a time to exercise my own vote - I was 21 just after one election and had to go another 4-5 years before having the next opportunity.   I did attend some hustings in the days when candidates actually tried to meet the  public and once went late at night to hear the results announced from the Town Hall balcony - and that sums up my political activities.    Wearing a duffel coat was the  closest I came to student rebellion! 

Many years on I was secretary of my local community council for three years.  I was asked to stand as a councillor, but I knew it was not for me - I am no good at thinking on my feet and in no way could I cope with the hurly burly cut and thrust of modern day politics, and media coverage, even at a small town level.  
But the  influence of my father,   in being concerned about his community,   remains with me,  and,  like him, I am an avid reader of newspapers.  But I do not quite follow the same political line!

And is my little granddaughter about to follow the family tradition? 

Click  HERE find how other Sepia Saturday bloggers have viewed the news.


  1. I am always pleased to see family photographs of such common activities as reading the newspapers. So often the photos are of the big events. Lovely post, Sue, lovely granddaughter!

  2. Good photo of your father (& the two of you together) plus a nice description of him & your relationship. My own Dad used to read every newspaper & magazine from first page to last & everything (& I do mean EVERYTHING) in between. I suppose that's why I do the same thing. I don't want to miss a speck of anything that might be interesting & you never know where you might find it! I've also been enjoying all your entries in the A-Z Challenge. Beautiful pix & interesting text!! :->

  3. Love the description of your father - and then seeing the interest continue with the charming photo of your granddaughter! Thank you!

  4. No politician could ever grow from such a cute baby, I am sure.

  5. The baby looks like a real doll!

  6. My father used to complain when I was a teenager that I never read enough current affairs in the newspapers, and I probably didn't, but I knew that I read a lot more than any of my peers, so I'm afraid it wasn't received very well.

  7. Fabulous. Love that your granddaughter is reading already ;)

  8. Reading a newspaper is still a daily event for me; I'd be lost without it.

  9. Newspapers used much more obvious about their politics. It was probably expected that children inherited their parent's affiliations. And your granddaughter looks charmed by current events!

  10. What a gorgeous little granddaughter you have- she seems to have started on the sports section however!

  11. Enjoyed your pictures and the description of your Dad. And the adorable granddaughter!

  12. A fine collection of photographs and memories. Excellent post.


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