excerpt from 'Look after the little ones' pp. 5 (174 words)

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[…] I think the Victorians were really more appreciative of music than are folk of today [1970s]. There was so often music in the street as well as in the home. At home we all sang. 


Errand boys whistled and bands played. There were band stands in the parks and the Band played on Sundays and Bank Holidays. 


My two younger stepbrothers joined the Territorials and had musical instruments—the flute and trumpet as far as I can remember, and I used to follow then around the house before I was old enough to talk properly—saying ‘Deddy pay de fewsic” which could be translated into “Reggie play the music”. 


In our sitting room was a small American organ.  Ada, the teacher stepsister could play it nicely, but everyone seemed to be able to get tunes out of it even if only played with one finger.


Of course, Sunday evenings the adults went to Church, and we sang our childish evening hymns and off we went to bed. 

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