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Jack Valentine fondly remembered

PUBLISHED: 10:26 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

IN answer to Ruth Alchin's letter, yes, I remember Valentine's Day.

I was born in Tonning Street, Lowestoft, and always had a parcel on the step. One year I heard mum say things had to be given to the milkman so there must have been outside help.

IN answer to Ruth Alchin's letter, yes, I remember Valentine's Day.

I was born in Tonning Street, Lowestoft, and always had a parcel on the step. One year I heard mum say things had to be given to the milkman so there must have been outside help. Another year I received a board and easel and then dad produced the pegs to hold up the easel, from his pocket. Still I didn't cotton on.

We moved to Norwich when I was nine and still carried on with Valentine's Day. An old trick was to lean a garden broom against the door, brush uppermost, so that when the door was opened the brush fell in on whoever was there. My mum did this once a year to her mother's door, thinking her sister would answer the door, but it was her mother who got the brush!

When my younger sister was a toddler and from then on we still had Valentine's and even now we exchange small gifts on February 14. I am coming up to 85 years of age next month.

RUTH SEXTON

Prospect Road

Oulton Broad

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