Monday, 25 June 2012

When Granny met Bevan

I've grown up looking at this photo but never used to appreciate what it meant to my Great Grandmother, or why my Nan was so proud of her mother shaking hands with this man.

This is a picture of my Granny Jones meeting Welsh Labour politician Aneurin Bevan and it takes pride of place in my Nan's living room.

She's not sure exactly when it was taken, somewhere around 1950. The Dee Park estate had just opened, a brand new collection of perfectly formed council houses. Nye Bevan was to visit and my Granny Jones was chosen, because she was 'very clean' and had a big family - or so the story goes. She had 12 children.

My Great Grandmother shaking hands with the founder of the NHS.