Today I received a card letter on a David Hurrell picture card which is really addressed to all of us. As he’d started me off on the research and supplied many of the pictures I had sent a copy of the new book to Derek Barber at his new seaside address and his daughter kindly replied. I’ve transcribed the contents and scanned the pictures her Dad wanted us to have. If anyone can add to the captions with names and dates, that would be nice:
First time I’ve seen my father smile in months. Thank you so much, he was absolutely thrilled with your wonderful book. The dedication is very touching and will be a legacy for his grandchildren.
My mum has been in a nursing home since November. Dad has coped well, he has a little dog, but he’s pretty much housebound. He spends his days looking through the pictures in his books; the stroke he had made him illiterate and his eyesight is failing.
Rest assured I will read the book to him cover to cover, like a bedtime story.
You truly have made a lovely old boy very happy and content.
Thank you and please send Dad’s best wishes to all involved.
Jane, Derek’s daughter
P.S.: Dad wanted you to have these pics.