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Som Pee Air: Weymouth - A Journey Back to a Fifties Childhood by Edward Page
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Memories. We all have them, some good and not so good. This book is about many good memories of growing up in a wonderful seaside town. A town with its contrasting seasons where sometimes the Sands would be standing room only and then to a lost soul on a deserted sands. This is Weymouth in the austerity years from the late 'forties to the 'never had it so good' mid-'fifties. This was a period about the writer who as a small boy arrived in this delightful town a month after war had ended with his parents who were making a fresh start by opening a visitors' guest house located along the old, but picturesque harbour - a harbour that attracted this small boy so much that he was to fall in the cool running waters at the age of six and 'drown' under the paddles of a pleasure steamer, yet saved by a stranger in town when the boy should have expired. Now grown up, the boy searches for this mystery saviour nearly sixty years after the event. During his search he reflects on the life with his brother and family and of the many places, friends and foes they both encountered, including a vast playground of houses bombed in the war, as they both grew up in this battered old house that was skilfully renovated by his father. Memories are of the visitors that stayed sharing a one-toilet-cum-one-basin washroom; the neighbours, one of which had a full-size grizzly bear standing on his door step; a visit from a shot-down POW Luftwaffe officer and about an uncle who was a CO and on the run from the police. This is a book describing a time when all food was rationed and where many items were in very short supply, but were happy formative years.

Author Biography

Edward Page grew up in Weymouth and moved to pastures new in the late 'fifties. With a burning ambition to be a drummer, he played with many bands throughout the 'sixties. From Jazz to Blues and Pop to Rock, touring and both recording with such names as Mike Cooper of The Blues Committee, Billie Davis with her 'Tell Him' hit, and Dave Brock of Hawkwind. Meeting many of the great and good on the way. Including Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Eric Clapton, Rod Stuart, John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Arthur Brown, Jet Harris, The Who and many more. He also met and was photographed by Lord Patrick Litchfield. Whilst fortunes were good for a single musician they were not so with a family. Then it was a succession of management jobs leading to his own company and a fruitful sale of that company to allow early retirement and to pursue a musical interest. He is married with two children and four grandchildren and lives now in West Berkshire.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
21 photographs
Bowbank Publishing
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