Missy’s Cartoon Sheffield: People – Part One
I think it’s not until a bit later in life when we realise what a big influence on us our Grandparents are, if we’re lucky enough to have known them. Many of the things that are part of me now and shaped who I am I can now see came directly from my grandparents. I was fortunate to have both sets nearby and helped form strong impressions of my local surroundings – William and Lillian in Sheffield, Clifford and Edith in Chesterfield. Three of the four served in WW2 – William was a mechanic in the RAF and travelled the world, with many stories and retained a love of mechanics, motorbikes and tinkering, Lillian was a radar operator for a time and Clifford was a soldier at Dunkirk (also later a mechanic). Having left his piano accordion behind on the beach, Cliff was lucky enough to be rescued after spending five hours keeping himself afloat in the sea. What follows are some of my more sensory childhood impressions of them.