Swept off my feet

Must have been ’75. I left school at 16. We used to go to the Rugby club, and Maxim’s which was the old Public Hall.

Seventies music. I just loved it all, I just loved all the music Bit of a souly really, bit of motown myself. The carpet was always sticky, that’s what I remember about it. Every Thursday night, and that was where I met my husband. In the Rugby club.

We were seventeen.

Was he your first love?
He was really, yeah. We had dates, but he was my first love. It was just before my eighteenth birthday, about four weeks before. Soon as I met him, I knew. You know, don’t you?

Well he was friends with my friend’s brother. We used to go out every Thursday night and he was always there but I never noticed him, until this particular time. He just walked out in front of me and asked me for a dance and that was it really.

Do you remember the music that you danced to that night?
No, I don’t remember. Oh, It might have been Stevie Wonder actually, now I come to think of it. I was wearing a cream skirt with a split up the side. And a T-shirt. I’d just come back from holiday and I felt really brown, felt really good. He was wearing a granddad collar shirt, stripey, and he used to wear Oxford blacks, straight trousers or really flared. I look back and think, ‘Oh my God!’ Flares in the seventies!

And I always wore heels. I think it was platforms then. Yeah, I always wore heels. I married him when I was nineteen, in St Paul’s Church, near The Strawberry.

Did your mum give you any advice?
Not really. She just said if you’re happy, we’re happy. But they liked Ian straight from the word Go. He was like another son to dad, that’s what he said, so yeah, they thought he was great. And he used to stay over, mum used to say ‘he’s lovely’ cos if he slept on the sofa he’d always get undressed and he’d always put his trousers with the crease, tidy over the sofa. She was really impressed with that!

Would you give your daughter any words of wisdom?
Would I? I’m not sure really. I always like her to make her own mind up, and learn by her own mistakes. I do like to guide her a bit but she won’t listen. She does her own thing anyway, she’s quite stubborn. No, you can’t really tell her.

I just want her to be happy, whatever makes her happy, same as my mum, and I’ll support her whatever she does. That’s all you can do really, support them.