Another longstanding friend from school, Dave, let us know that the coach of the England Football team is from Croydon and went to John Ruskin School. All three of these guys also are from Croydon and went to John Ruskin!
That is Henry on the left, Dave in the middle and of course, Richard on the right! This photo was taken at the pub at Beachy Head and the very next day we went to Henry's home and had that great lunch that I talked about above.
There is the link if anyone reading this in England is interested. You must download a form and send it in at least 21 days prior to the date. I wonder how many people think that she automatically does this? Apparently in 2000, she sent a 100th birthday greeting to her mother, The Queen Mother...I wonder if someone had to send in the on-line form for her? (Ha, ha, Queen, just kidding, you know I love you, besides, I am American, I can get away with this.)
And I took a photo of Joy and Henry's wedding photo, but there was such a reflection from the glass, but you can see that it is them, can't you? (The church is St. Mary Magdalene in Addiscombe, which is part of Croydon, and it is the church where Richard's parents were married and where Richard was christened.) What a delightful time we enjoyed with them, they were just sorry we didn't have our son with us. Laughing and talking and enjoying the company...Thanks, Joy and Henry for the wonderful tea that we enjoyed with you. Those strawberries were to die for!
Joy and Henry have a lovely home with a beautiful garden. You know that I had to have my photo made in front of this green door. (That color! Wow!) Can you tell from our smiles what a great time we were having? JOY! What a wonderful word and how nice to know someone with that name. Thanks Joy and Henry, you are diamonds to us!