Time Celebrating My Golden Wedding!

At the end of 2010, my husband John and I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary (50 years!) with our closest friends and family. From the hotel where were were partying we could see Brighton’s Palace Pier where we first met all those years ago.

We had both worked all our lives and we had often spent time in different countries apart from each other, so we decided that the following year we would not be separated at all but would spend more time with our friends and family. So in 2011, apart from a TV play that I did, we enjoyed relaxing, catching up with friends, and doing everything together. The decision we made was a good one as many of our friends became ill that year and some of them died.

I must apologise to all of you who have been sending emails or letters and who have not had a reply. I hope to rectify this shortly.

In 2012, I was invited to Malta to take part in their library week celebrations. I had not been back to Malta since 1968 when I made a film called Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? It was written, produced, directed by and starred Anthony Newley. In those days a lot of us were wearing mini-skirts and many of the Maltese people were shocked by our dress. When I arrived at Malta Airport in 2012, after a wonderfully comfortable journey with Malta Airlines, I was amazed at the beautiful new and highly organised airport, as well as the incredible welcome I received. During my time there I visited many schools to talk to children about writing, drama and the English language. I found the standard of education so impressive. The young people were multi-lingual, highly disciplined and intelligent. Their teachers were an inspiration.

My husband and I loved our time in Malta and I treasure a beautifully written poem given to my by one of the pupils I met.

I am still writing my new novel which is taking longer than I thought, possibly because John and I are still doing everything together and after working for 56 years we are enjoying the fun of just living.

I wish you all a happy, healthy Christmas with the joy of good friendship.

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