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I know exactly how my parents first met - at the Winter Gardens Ballroom in Blackpool. My father often recalled the occasion and wrote it down in his "Early Memories".
Blackpool Tower from the North Pier
Mum in the 1930's
mother (Kathleen Danon) was born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, a
few miles from the north west seaside resort of Blackpool.
At the age of 14, she was apprenticed to be a
tailoress and was still making her own clothes in her 80's. For her
going into a fabric shop was like going into a jeweller's. If she sat down at home, she was rarely without a needle in her hand She set up her own dress-making business from
home, working in the spare bedroom which was icy cold in winter and hot
and stuffy in summer.
Mum and her
sister, Edith, often went dancing in the Winter Gardens Ballroom and in
Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
Mum - modelling one her dresses
Dad (John Weston) moved to Blackpool in 1936 with his work as a commercial traveller and here is his story as told in his "Early Memories".
Dad served in the RAf during the Second World War
Saturday night I was in the Winter Gardens when I saw a young lady
sitting on a settee. She got up and we said "Hello". I tried to find
her again in the evening without success, even going to the exit door to
watch people leave."
The Winter Gardens was a major entertainment complex, with theatre, ballroom, bars etc. The Empress
Ballroom was built in 1896 and with a floor area of 12,500
square feet (1,160 sq. metres),was one of the largest in
Dad's account continued:
weeks later I was at the Tower Ballroom and who should come along but
two ladies - and you have guessed that was your Mum and Aunt. Mum
stopped to say "Hello" and we started talking and had a good chat. I
asked if she would come to the cinema the next night and offered to come
for her and take her home. She agreed. I thought it was rather brave
of her to come with me when we had only just met to talk together. The date was 13th October 1936 and we married 18th April 1938."
The Tower Ballroom, famed for its sprung floor and Wurlitzer organ.
My parents John Weston and Kathleen (Kay) Danson, on their wedding day 18th April 1938
Mum and Dad on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary -18th April 1998
with the telegram from the Queen.
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