Wallis's ~ The Complete Story
Isle of Man
Soon after Marie
came on the scene. She was a lovely girl whom my parents and I had
always known. Both our families were staunch Catholics. Both attended St
Joseph’s church Wealdstone the . We started dating after we met
travelling on a bus from Stanmore. Marie was so very sweet and clearly
fell in love. I told her of my lost love, Marion and I suppose
she comforted me
and would clearly do anything for me in an effort to ensure
my happiness. I certainly took advantage of
her love and know I must have hurt her in many ways. Together we went to
the 1951 Festival of Britain; we made cinema visits, shows and dances.
did not deserve Marie’s love but maybe I had a conscience although I
doubt it. We started to have disagreements about just how far one should
go before marriage my demands did not tally with the advice she was
given by the priest and nuns that she knew. We started to see less of
each other. My ardour had cooled, it was about this time I was invited
to a Christmas Party which was where I met Pamela.
It was in December, I received an invitation to a party being given by
Doctor O’Sullivan and his family. I persuaded my parents to let me use
Brother John’s MG TC car for the journey to Ruislip where the party was
to be held.
We all met first at the Doctor’s house, which was at the end of our
road, some of the guests attending were there and they were already in
pairs with the exception of one, a pretty girl of my age named Pamela
Wakeling. So it was decided Pamela would travel with me to the party, in
brother John’s sports car. So it was, we were paired for the evening. I
in fact, always known Pamela; we were neighbours living only a few doors
apart in Elms road. Pamela was a very quiet girl and had little to say
so keeping the conversation going throughout the evening was not
altogether easy. I knew Pamela was the daughter from
wealthy family who lived in The Paddocks, a great house set back from
the road and approached by a long drive. Naturally I was curious to see
this house and find out how the rich lived! So thought it may be worth
the effort pursuing the friendship.
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