Christmas showing the Cother family in their front garden, from left to right Mr Cother, Bonny, Mr Ward as Father Christmas, Mrs Cother, Paddy, John and Fred Patching as the Indian. It is understood that during their rounds both Santa and the Indian had many a tot in order to keep them warm inside.

The Cother residence as Bonny says was always sadly in need of a touch up. The lawns always needed cutting with shears unless they could borrow Mr Baker’s lawn mower. Their grandfather landscaped the garden, there was lavender by the front door, rosemary and thyme, also an ornamental cherry tree and a almond tree.

The car is one Mr Cother brought back from Southampton and was parked outside their house. It caused a tight turn into Beechers from Sefton (also it was a blind turn as the Last family had a huge green hedge that blocked the view) it meant that the bumper on Dad’s car could be dented. Luckily as I recall at that time there were only two other people in Beechers who had cars, they were the Misses Fox and Mosey. Our neighbours had a little Model T Ford which was light enough to be picked up. (This actually happened at Portslade Station where one of the tyres was caught in the railway track) the other person with a car was Mr Cheal who lived with his two daughters.

The following web site gives information about

Mr Cother during WWII Cother.htm

Some may wish to visit this web site to find out about their parents.

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