Thanks for providing the names on the Fountains Abbey photograph. While the names of the people and the venue are now clear, the reason for my being there is still a bit of a mystery. I was never a member of Miss Markham's Dance School. I can only surmise that I must have been invited to join the group because I was friendly with Rita Wilson. Rita used to stage informal dance shows in our joint back yard on Saturdays, and we all used to love dressing up in her dance costumes and to try on her tap dancing shoes.
There is one girl whom I failed to recognise altogether, and that is Margaret Wrighton. She was in Miss Blackburn's class along with Hazel Edmunds and me at Western Primary School. I remember one year Margaret went in for a talent/beauty contest. The auditions were held at the Royal Hall, and some of us went along to support her. I remember all the girls had to recite the following:
'April, April, laugh thy golden laughter,
but the moment after, weep thy silent tears'.
Margaret won the contest and we were all very proud of her.
On to the subject of your health, I hope your recovery is continuing well. The husband of a friend of mine had a similar operation some years ago, and we were amazed at how soon he was given exercises to do. It really paid off, because in a matter of months he was doing a 2 mile daily walk. Anyway I shall see how you are getting on when I meet you and Jackie at the reunion next week. I'm really looking forward to that. Best wishes, Dorle.