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  1. Dear All, Thanks so much for the updates. The photo with Christina is lovely, I’ve saved it along with some of the other images that have been posted on the website for my family albums. If this was taken in ‘84, then yes, absolutely we must have flown over from Oman to visit Granny and Gramps. I hadn’t physically taken up residence in Newcastle until around ‘86. I was at school at NPS in Jesmond until I was around 9 years old, at which point I was sent to the boarding school my Dad (Roger) and his brothers Michael and Gavin (both sadly deceased now) attended in Pitlochry in Scotland. It is lovely to be in touch after all these years, I’ll send this photo to my Dad and tell him about this correspondence. Best Wishes, Ian
  2. Thank you threegee. Indeed Mrs Eileen Brown (nee Purvis) was my paternal grandmother. Her father the Reverend John Bremner Purvis (my paternal Great Grandfather) held the post of Rural Dean of Bedlington for several years. I have attached a family portrait of him, it is in the possession of my father Colonel Roger Victor Charles Brown, son of Eileen Brown (nee Purvis) and Dr John Brown. Best Wishes, Ian
  3. Thanks for this threegee. It’s Ian here, I’m in the photo to the left of you. I have absolutely no recollection of this moment. We relocated to New Hartley from Oman in the Middle East when I was five and a half, I couldn’t have been much older than that here and clearly still have my Middle Eastern tan. It looks very picturesque wherever we are. I’m wondering if this was taken at Granny and Gramps’ first house in Bedlington, as they had a beautiful garden there? If not, perhaps it is at your childhood home? I’m on the verge of turning 39 now. I’ve attached a more recent pic. Best Wishes, Ian
  4. Hi threegee, It’s Ian here. Thank you so much for uploading this photo. I think I can just make out my Mum in the background behind Grandad. I’m sorry I haven’t been on here in years. I was grateful that the Sustrans charity commemorated the memory of my Grandad with a statue. I was fortunate enough to attend the unveiling of it several years ago along with some of my family members. I was very grateful that the community not only proposed a memorial to him, but that they also showed up when his statue was officially unveiled. I still have family in Northumberland, so I hope to visit again in the future. Thanks again for the kind words and for posting this lovely photo. Best Wishes, Ian
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