October 1991

This month ended with intense drama as Della was run over by a car as she left the school bus in Gordon Road. In many ways it was the most shocking and dreadful thing ever to have happened to any of us and, on the other hand, we could count ourselves the luckiest people in the world for her to have escaped so lightly. The head injury was the worry but fortunately tests revealed no concussion or even pelvic damage as her thigh was shattered.

This during an autumnal month of rain, wind and cold but the garden and conservatory demanded attention also as did my ongoing financial planning, writing, and publication. We had social opportunities with friends, trips to the cinema and celebrated Di’s birthday and joined her for regular Cambridge family visits and I was also watching the World Cup Rugby Union finals.

There was poor news from Freda and Alf, being unable to provide shop performance figures and Mum was getting depressed over their lack of progress with her flat at Redgrave but I took her to collect some flowers and lay them on Dad’s grave in Little Paxton. In my trips to Norfolk, I attended the council panning meeting where they turned down my plans for redeveloping Heronshaw against officer advice but we had our last boating holiday later cruising all over the Broads.

There was much time spent enjoying Norwich and seeing Daniel’s new university pad. Steve Bloom joined me for work there. I would up my On-Site Training investment and folded the company and helped Derek Giles get over his Gypsy persecution aftermath. I was busy organising the local LibDems and other local institutions such as Little Paxton Parish and St Neots Town Councils, Hunts District Council and still opening fetes and jumble sales for good local causes including the Village Hall.

The regular publication of Focus and development of the local political organisation was still a priority and the formation of a LibDem printing company, Glisson Printers Ltd, an achievement as Company Secretary. The Tories were struggling post-Thatcher and behind in opinion polls. The new democracy of Tahiti did not last long but the Soviets were still agreeing arms cuts with the USA and hostage exchanges were being achieved between Arabs and Israelis

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