|Willie Patterson, selfie c1963|
I remember him organising a community Fireworks display where we lived at Pomarium Flats, Perth, in around 1963, on the wasteground where the bus station now stands. Auntie Margaret (Dad's older sister) and Uncle, Jim Page lived on Cross St, also overlooking the wasteground. My bedroom window looked out on this ground, my favourite tree for climbing is still there, photo taken on Good Friday this year, Queen's Hotel in background where I worked as a Chambermaid summer of 1971:
|our balcony on 4th floor number 70 Pomarium 1960-70 when I lived there|
|testimonial written by Sydney Jordan November 1986 in Jeff Hawke Book Two|
Jordan sent me copies of Jeff Hawke Book One & Two after my Father's death 9 October 1986. My middle sister and I had attended his funeral in Kensal Green, London, after being informed about it by Sydney Jordan. Who says in this testimonial about my Dad in Jeff Hawke Book Two: "Of the two of us, his was the unique talent and what was to come cannot detract from what had been. ... Willie was a man who saw beyond the skies to the stars".
My Mother's telling of the story about my Father's contract with the Daily Express being terminated in 1969 is that they wanted him to put more women in the script but my Dad resisted. Mum (Anne Patterson) died on 19 March 1998 so I can't ask her for more detail however I do know that my Father never came back to Perth after 1969. I think he feared incarceration at Murray Royal psychiatric Hospital as he'd formerly been an inpatient there, maybe around 1963/4, after walking naked down Tay St when having a complete breakdown. Again this is a story remembered, not talked about because of the shame.
Family photos passed on to me by my Mother:
|photo of my Mum & Dad taken August 1952, Perth, I was born in the September|
|selfie by my Dad|
|Mum & Dad with me 1953 at my Grandparent's house in Kingswell Terrace, Letham, Perth|
|my Dad holding me 1953 Kingswell Terrace|
|my Mum taken by my Dad in our Pomarium flat, Perth|
I plan to self publish a book about my Father and our family, memories, stories, photos, as a legacy to my children and grandchildren, to keep a record of our achievements.
Recently I donated copies of the 2 Jeff Hawke books republished by Titan Books in 2008 to Fife Cultural Trust for the East Fife Mobile Library which we use in Springfield, Tarvit Terrace, on a fortnightly basis when it visits:
|handing over Jeff Hawke books to June Souter in East Fife Mobile Library Springfield 27Oct17|
My Father William Cunningham Patterson received the King's Badge in 1948, disabled as a result of war service when in the RAF briefly as an Aircraftsman, second class aged 17yrs.
I am very proud of my parents, both of them heroes in my eyes, flawed as all of us are, but outstanding in their own ways. I am glad to say that we have inherited their broad range of creative skills eg writing, craftswomenship, music, sporting achievements, homemaking, imaginative pursuits and an ability to resist "lifelong mental illness" and it's narrow corridors, being productive in spite of disabling drug treatment and coercive space invasion. Thank God.
|South Inch Perth|
|photo of me taken by my Dad c1963|