Any readers who were around in Walton in the 1950s and 1960s will probably remember Daphne’s father, Edwin Atkinson, better known as ‘Atty Atkinson’ – the local sign writer.
Daffodil Days recounts Daphne’s early life in Walton from when she was born in 1924 and living in Green Lane at the house named Kosicot. Her mother inherited Wendycot and Sandycot in the same road from Daphne’s great grandfather who had built all three houses.
Daphne’s mother, Jessie Elizabeth Garrett, had grown up in Witham and married ‘Atty’ in 1917 while he was on leave from WWI service in France. Later she created a good business at Sandycot as a boarding house for the many holidaymakers who thronged to Walton between the wars.
This is the tariff for a stay in 1939.
Daphne’s recounts her school days at Walton School with headmaster Laddie Lansdowne and then Clacton High School where she was a pupil during WW2, until the whole school, pupils and teachers, were evacuated to Wolverley, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire, where she completed her education.
Returning to Walton Daphne met her husband Edward Harvey an RAF officer who was stationed at the radar post in the Naze Tower.
Copies of Daffodil Days can be obtained for £6 including postage by contacting Daphne’s daughter at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can recommend it as an interesting read with lots of illustrations.
I congratulate the 92-year-old author.