Photographs of that time show me with my sister Valerie but I have no recollections of events that included both of us. This was probably not surprising given my age, and that Valerie would have been in school and would therefore be developing friendships as best she could considering our history of moving around.
The Court Players eventually acquired a permanent location at the Empire Theatre in Peterborough. I understand that, knowing my Dad had a young family and would prefer greater stability, they offered him the position of Scenic Artist at that theatre. He accepted. Their first show was opening April 11, 1950.
Rather than continue with lodgings, and as buying a house was out of the question, my parents bought a brand new “Terra Coach” (a 40ft caravan) and found a location for it on a farm called Keyes Close just off the Eye Road in Peterborough.
Keyes Close was a section of farm land being used specifically as a caravan park so I had a lot of things to explore, like other caravans; their gardens and, at one time, a bush full of tasty pea pods. In fact they were pods of Lupin seeds and I was extremely sick, to the extent that the people who owned the farm (and who were looking after me) took care of me and fed me goat’s milk. Unfortunately, while I have vivid memories of being ill, I have no recollection of an opinion regarding goat’s milk!
I loved our caravan. It was the first home that I can clearly remember, and it was so cozy on a cold Winter’s day!