Ever since Alan Burnett (News from Nowhere) began to talk about the 100th edition of Sepia Saturday, I've been wondering about that big box of photos which I know Dad has in the bottom of his wardrobe. Mostly, they are 2" square b&w prints featuring people I don't remember in places I don't recognise, but there are some that are instantly meaningful and still more which would become so with a bit of information.
And then, on Wednesday, he gave me this photo, cut out of our local paper.
This is one from the 'instantly meaningful' category. It was taken in Parwich, the village in which my parents grew up, the year is 1960 and the subject photographed is the Ladies Football Team. Immediately, this raises a few questions. The presence of spectators suggests that a match has either been played or is about to be played. The absence of mud on the team kit implies the latter. I wonder why this particular photograph was taken. The photograph was sent to the paper by Terry Fletcher of Belper, but it was donated to his collection by a Vernon Webster. Webster is definitely a local name. Websters ran one of the bus companies which serviced the villages on market days. Was this particular Webster related to one of the ladies in the team? Was he, in fact, the photographer? In which case, did he take this photograph for his own enjoyment or to mark some special occasion in the football calendar?
The people in this photo are significant too. Without this photo I would perhaps have never realised that my Mum was in the Parwich Ladies Football Team and, although this photo is a couple of years after she played, there are still names here that I recognise including one of Dad's cousins, front right. There are also two particular faces which leap off the page - aunties Jean (back row, third from left) and Hazel (back row second from right).
Meanwhile, maybe you would enjoy taking a wander round the photographic memories of more seasoned contributors to the Sepia Saturday blog.