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First Meeting

February 8, 2008
This was such a cute story, and photo, it begins with “This is a photograph of my parents meeting for the first time … ”
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Picture location: West Midlands, Central England
Date of scene:
Sent by: Sue Hudson

In 1940, as Paul Gamson, my father was a special policeman in Birmingham, out on the beat looking for unexploded bombs. As Paul Brittain he was a well known Midlands musical director and brilliant pianist, on the bill with the likes of Tommy Trinder, Arthur Askey and Paul Robeson, doing the summer seasons on the south coast.
On this particular day the Sketch newspaper wanted a publicity shot of this pianist in his war job, looking after the ‘Midland Regional’ and the nearby theatre. The photographer was on the lookout for a suitable candidate to join PC Gamson in the frame when my mother appeared, on her way to get theatre tickets in her dinner hour. Would she like to have her photograph taken with this famous musician? She wasn’t sure! Eventually she agreed as long as it was her profile view! And that’s her phone number he’s writing down! Muriel at…
7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2015 1:45 am

    Used to listen to Paul at the hardwick shellfeild tel. Now 01652 637983

  2. phil permalink
    June 22, 2015 7:37 pm

    I have watched your father at the Hardwick shelfeild. 1964

  3. July 21, 2015 12:09 am

    At. Streetly

  4. phil watts permalink
    August 18, 2015 2:13 pm

    sorry to hear of your demise

  5. September 28, 2015 6:45 pm

    Sorry to hear of sues death

  6. ted raymond permalink
    December 4, 2016 12:14 am

    Paul brittian piano. Played on hull reddifusion system Nov 1939

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