The Diaries of Ann Couzens, November 1958 - 1962
Audio footage of Ann reading extracts of her diaries
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29 November 1958
Went to rehearse nativity play with Mr Allen and Drama Club in Parkfield hall. Mum, Dad and Jane went to Southgate. In afternoon went to Welwyn Garden City Stores. Mum bought a hat.
30 November 1958
Made shoes for out school nativity play with a shoe sole and tape. Cleaned out guinea pig. Had hair washed and had a bath.
Wednesday 4 November 1959
After dinner some of us went to the main school to practice at being the stage party on speech day. Missed all afternoon school. We all went to see The Mikado which is an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan at the Golders Green Hippodrome. It was very good.
Sunday 8 November 1959
Cleaned out Omo. Watched the wreath laying at the Cenotaph on television. Went for a ride on my bike with Dad. Jane wrote a letter to Nana. I put a newspaper in Omo’s hutch which Dad wanted for a photo competition so I had to take it out again, all in the dark.
Saturday 12 November 1960
Rained all day. Went to the library. Did a little shopping at 12 o’clock. Did rest of afternoon shopping in the High Street. Mum bought Jane a green cardigan. Played the borrowed Pinky and Perky record that’s for Mum’s Christmas do. Finished all homework except for the French.
Saturday 4 November 1961
Tried to get a job at Randall’s factory but was unsuccessful. Went to Southgate with Jane as she wanted a pair of shoes. Watched television.
Sunday 19 November 1961
Mum felt ill so she stayed in bed all day. She asked us to help get the dinner ready. I made a mincemeat tart and it got burnt. As Jane did nothing, she went without dinner and Mum and Jane had a jolly ol’ row.
Saturday 10 November 1962
A horrible went and windy day. How miserable. After dinner I stayed at home with my hair in curlers. Jane went out and bought herself a frock, in blue. At 7.30 Daddy took Jo Bevan and myself in the car to the North 20 dancing club. We had a wonderful time. Quite a lot of nice boys. The place was full of people so one couldn’t move. It’s now 11.30.