The Diaries of Ann Couzens, August 1958 - 1963
Audio footage of Ann reading extracts from her diaries
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Friday 15 August 1958
Went to High Street to buy school uniform. Mummy bought me a gaberdeen mac, a cardigan, a tie and 2 badges. Jane went to tea with Sandra. Sally and Mrs Kennedy came round. Tried on all my uniform. Mum bought a half melon.
Sunday 2 August 1959
Cleaned my bicycle. Jane made some cakes. Dad went out on his bike. Jane turned up hem of her new frock. Dad mounted an enlarged photo I took. Watched a funny play called “Beside the Seaside”.
Friday 14 August 1959
Woke up at 3 o’clock to drive to Wales. Animals were still awake. Stopped at Carreg Cennan Castle to have our lunch. When we were in Saundersfoot Dad accidentally knocked into another car. Had our tea on the beach. Had a walk through old mining tunnels.
Monday 8 August 1960
Did the Bendix. Grandad came down. He took Mummy, Mireille and I to St Albans to see the Roman remains. Jane is working all this week in Woolworths. Dad held a committee meeting in the lounge. Anne-Marie came over.
Thursday 31 August 1961
Mum saw some lovely material. She decided to get a pattern. When she got back a lady already had the material but Mum might have some of it. Wrote my holiday diary all day. Mum bought Jane a dress that she wants. Jane went to her Bingo session.
Wednesday 22 August 1962
Started the morning with the usual routine, ironing, washing, cleaning and generally tidying up. After dinner we went shopping and I got back my films, one which was ruined with the damp. Frances Lee and her mother called and we all sat in the garden. In the evening Jane went out, Dad went for cycle ride, Mum and I watched TV with the electric fire on.