As Rolf Harris could say “Do you know who it is yet?” Can you guess? Probably.
The fashions of the 1970’s and a Ford Cortina Mk1 behind this happy family who are on holiday.
The little bloke in the middle is me. That wasn’t hard to guess was it? So those are my parents, Annette and Vic. Yes, thats it – that was us as a family. My happy early childhood, which sadly went wrong when I was around 8 years old. My parents were buying their house in Hinckley and we went on yearly holidays up until I reached that age.
Then we had to move to Leicester, staying for a year at my Grandparents while waiting on the housing list. Of course to my little mind then I didn’t realise that things were serious, or understand the ins and outs. Annette had begun to lose the plot, she would get a job and then jack it in after a few weeks. This caused serious money problems and tension between her and Vic as she began to get paranoid and behave a little weirdly. They lost their beloved house in Hinckley because it was reposessed. But I didn’t understand any of that. I just saw that we were moving away from somewhere I loved and that I’d be losing all my friends.
They had arguments and grew apart, yet stayed together. These tensions would last for the next 12 years until Vic died of cancer in 1990 only aged 44 years old.
Meanwhile Annette descended into the hell that was a mental illness never to climb back out. It literally ripped our little family apart.
So appearances can be deceptive. Annette & Vic along with their little 3 year old son called John in this lovely photo were very happy. When I look at this photo I like to think of those days and not what became later on. Everyone loves a period photo with the fashions of the 70’s. I love this photo for another reason, because it is of a “normal family”.