Pic of the day. Saturday, January 7th

It’s not often that an email – with an image attached – can have such a jolt on your waking up process. This one was worth at least ten black coffees worth of caffeine!

An old black and white image of yours truly – aged around 16 – working in the candy floss and toffee apple kiosk on the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

It was run by a gentle, pipe-smoking individual called Bert Williams (don’t remember the man in the photo) and where l spent much of my summer holidays earning some pocket money.

The picture was taken by a schoolfriend called Chris Livingstone – who also came to work on the Pier – once owned by the Brenner family. Grandfather B would appear in the back of a black Bentley or Rolls Royce that would glide past on its way up to the original Pavilion – sadly destroyed (but rebuilt) by fire.

What a life lay in front of Chris and me and l am so pleased to have made contact t with him again. We have much to talk about.