Wednesday, 30 March 2011
My Great-Aunt Gwen (1897-1976) astride her pride and joy. Gwen carried on riding until of quite advanced years - she would drive around Bristol with her older sister, Alice, in a sidecar. After an accident she was forced to give up biking and drove a Mini instead. Neither Gwen or Alice married, but lived behind Alice's grocer's shop until they both died within months of each other in 1976.
This photograph was sent to me recently after I appealed for information about my family in a local newspaper. The man who serviced Gwen's car emailed me to say that when the two sisters died he was asked by their younger sister to clear out the garage. He took her all the documents and photographs he found but she told him to burn them (Aaaaaghhh!!!!). He couldn't bear to do it and kept them for many years. However, this was now the only one he could find - he kept it because he like the motorbike!