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A story from 1928

Hi my name is Sue Griffin I am a retired school teacher from Darlington Co. Durham. I am writing to send you a picture of a class of school children from 1928. My dad Harry Owen Bolt is second from the left on the back row, he would have been 10. He was born on 2ndDecember 1918, and was named after his uncle who was killed in the first world war in September 1918.


I was sorting through some family photos and thought this might be of interest to  you as it is a photo that is missing from your collection.


My dad went on to work for a local authority in Liverpool , as an accountant. He joined the air force during the second world war and proudly fought for his country. When he returned he met my lovely mum and married her. He travelled all around England to gain the promotion to treasurer of the council in Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, where he retired and moved to Eastbourne. He died at the age of 86. He was a much loved and lovely person who never lost his Liverpool humour. At his funeral we played Penny Lane and All you need is love, as he was also a great Beatles fan. His brother Fred Bolt who was 4 years older than him went on to be a teacher at Dovedale Road school in Liverpool, where amongst other famous people he taught John Lennon. The proof of that is in the dining room at Mendips, John’s old house, where a painting by John, of Mr Bolt ( my uncle Fred) hangs there.


If you want any more information , I would be happy to find it out for you.


I hope the children enjoy looking at the photo, and understand what a much loved man my dad was. He looks very handsome and smart in the photo bless him, and he always was (still had some black hair when he died).


Regards Susan G. Griffin (nee Bolt)
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