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Christening Day, Leyton 1954

Christening Day, Leyton 1954
At my grandparents house, 79 Seymour Road, Leyton, London, England.
My christening was following a fairly secular tradition I think, since none of my family were church goers. It was customary for girls to have two godmothers and one godfather and boys to have one godmother and two godfathers. I don't know if it's still done that way - it's never been like that in the States.
My parents lived at my mother's family flat for the first six months on my life as the flat they had found in Walthamstow was being worked on. Phyl, on the left, was the owner of that flat. My mother says they considered themselves very fortunate to find that one bedroom duplex as housing was so hard to get in London, even ten years after the war.
From L to R:
Phyl (I called her Auntie Phyl - don't remember what her last name was), Hilda Allen - she worked with my Dad and was my godmother, Auntie Pearl, my mother's sister - my other Godmother, my Nana Ann Gregory, Me, in the shawl, my mother and Uncle Arthur, my mother's brother who was my Godfather.

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