These are Jackie’s photographs of the piglets following their mother into the woodland yesterday.
A discussion with Flo and Dillon on benefits of hand made crafts and the difficulty of marketing them was broadened to incorporate many other aspects of life spanning our times.
This led Jackie to produce her autograph book from 1959.
This was a vehicle for friends and family to leave messages such as these, which in this form have survived for posterity without the aid of cyberspace.
Now, who, I ask you, were the Dale Sisters? Neither Jackie nor her parents knew when she attended an event in which they were present. After 64 years, by means of Google, Jackie was able to enlighten us all.
The Dale Sisters were an English vocal trio, who had limited chart success in the early 1960s. They are best remembered for their recordings of “Heartbeat“ and “My Sunday Baby (un Telegrama)”, both of which became minor hits in the UK Singles Chart. Other songs they sang included “Billy Boy, Billy Boy“, “Road to Love” and “All My Life”. Their work, when they were billed by their alternative name of The England Sisters, was arranged by John Barry.
They were born in Goole, Yorkshire, as Betty, Hazel and Julie Dunderdale, a name they later shortened to become the Dale Sisters. In July 1959, they won a talent contest which was organised by The People, at Butlins, Filey. Later that year they made their first London appearance at the Lyceum Theatre. They were on the bill with Helen Shapiro and The Brook Brothers at the Odeon Theatre, Halifax on 7 April 1962, as part of a national tour. In January 1963, they played the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin, Scotland, just a week after The Beatlesappeared there. Their UK television show appearances included Thank Your Lucky Stars with Adam Faith, John Leyton, The Brooks Brothers, Geoff Goddard and Dion in 1961.
When The Beatles preceded the sisters’ performance in 1963 they were in the process of changing popular music forever.
This evening we all dined on racks of ribs with Jackie’s savoury rice with which she drank more of the Blush and I drank more of the Bordeaux.