The girl in the pillar box
One of the scenes in the Jubilee Mural shows children celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in the summer of 1977. One of the children is dressed as a GPO pillar box – she is Lisa Parrott, née Robertson. In 2016 I invited Lisa to come and meet the painting of her younger self.
The painting is partly based on one of Lisa’s old family photos. Lisa has some strong memories:
“I was in my first year at Wyndham Park school. The class teacher Mrs. Stuart was very strict – on my first day there she made me stand on a chair for talking in class!”
“I remember it being very hot in the costume. It was a hot day and we had to stand around quite a lot in the sun. My dad made the pillar box and painted it with poster paints, and I still remember the smell. Even now if I pass anything with paint that smells like that, it takes me straight back to 1977.”
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