A Hard Day’s Night – being watched on Television 1st January 2015 – Anthony J Sargeant reflects

Fifty years ago in the summer of 1964 Tony went to the Streatham Odeon to see ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. He arrived to pick up his then girlfriend, Jo Gamgee, to find her sister Janice helping her to complete making a flared cotton skirt. It was a pretty fashionable cotton floral print (Laura Ashley?) and Jo wore it with white knee socks. Tony was concerned that Jo was only 15 at the time and the film was A rated – wearing the pretty skirt and socks made her look even younger. But needless to say we did get in to see the film.

Although the last time Tony saw the film was 50 years ago and he hasn’t seen Jo Gamgee since that time he remembers her and her sister Janice with very great affection. I hope that life has not treated them too unkindly in the intervening 50 years. I regret that I have no photographs of either Jo or Janice who made such an impression on a gauche awkward shy boy.

Tony Sargeant saw this film at The Streatham Odeon with Jo Gamgee in 1964
Tony Sargeant saw this film at The Streatham Odeon with Jo Gamgee in 1964

Anthony J Sargeant has this photograph of the family car (1936 Vauxhall 16hp convertible) in 1955

Tony Sargeant (Anthony Sargeant) has this photograph of the family car taken by his mother with the Brownie 127 camera which his parents bought him for passing his 11+ examination. It shows the wonderful Vauxhall 16hp convertible that was bought that year to replace the first family car which was a 1935/6 Standard 10. Tony’s Father is sitting in the drivers seat with Tony’s brother by his side and Tony standing behind. It is parked outside the family home (a two bedroom maisonette) 39 Worseley Bridge Road, SE26, which was just on the edge of The Bellingham Council Estate in South London.

The car bought had been resprayed a dark green colour but with the Vauxhall trademark chrome flashes on the hinges of the bonnet. The car also had a new canvas roof. It cost £140 and was bought from a second hand car dealer in Lewisham. There were two of this model on the used car lot – the other one, painted in grey and maroon, was in less good condition and cost £125.

The photograph does not do justice to the stylish car but is the only one that Tony has so appended to this post is a photograph from the web of the same model (hope this does not infringe anybody’s copyright – please let me know if it does and I will remove it) .

Sadly my father sold the car (for £25!) in part exchange for a more modern car (a 1953 Ford Zephyr) a few years later.

Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph in 1955 of the family car (1936 16hp Vauxhall Convertible).
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph in 1955 of the family car (1936 16hp Vauxhall Convertible).
1936 Vauxhall Light 16hp Convertible - photograph from the web (not the original chrome flashes down the hinge of the bonnet have been spayed blue in this car)
1936 Vauxhall Light 16hp Convertible – photograph from the web (not the original chrome flashes down the hinge of the bonnet have been spayed blue in this car)