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I was at Princess Alice School from 1950 to 1962 and was at that time known as Sonia Taylor (now Sonia Nelson-Cole). I lived in Icknield House with Sister Evelyn and Sister Margaret who was later replaced by Sister Molly. I was moved to Meridan House with Sister Kathleen when Icknield House closed down. Overall my time at the home was pleasant and I have jotted down a few of my memories.
I remember the fete days and the Old Boys and Girls days when we had stalls of various items, food drinks, activities, etc.; it was so much fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and used to be intrigued to see how the old boys and girls looked - it was a dream of mine that one day I would be one of them. Unfortunately I did not visit the home before it closed down.
Another memory was Christmas Eve when we would all have to be in bed early and wait for Father Christmas to come round and give us our presents (there were many houses in PAS) and the suspense was exciting - waiting to hear the jingle of bells. We would all then sing Jingle Bells. Consequently, Christmas became a very memorable occasion when I had my own children and I see they have continued with their children.
I also loved the yearly shows we put on; we travelled to a few other towns to do the shows. There was a theme each year and we would act, sing and dance; the older children would play the xylophone and the bells. I would watch my sister (Remi) and long for the day I would be able to play these instruments. I got my chance and really loved it.