In August 1939, newly-married Margaret and Denys Gardiner set off in their Morris Eight Convertible for a 900 mile honeymoon trip around Britain. The endearing photos, captured by Mr Gardiner’s photography enthusiast cousin Eldred, would provide a glimpse into a Britain whose peace was about to be broken with the outbreak of the Second World War.
After years hidden away in Mrs Gardiner’s attic, the incredible colour photos of the last days of peace have been uncovered and tell a wonderful story of young love and a journey through a lost Britain.
Mrs Gardiner, 26 at the time of the photos, was trained as a nurse and worked in hospitals during the Second World War. She lived to be 100 – passing away this year. Mr Gardiner was part of the Home Guard in the Second World War after tuberculosis kept him from fighting. Despite the illness, he lived to be 79 and died in 1995
The pictures were discovered by the couple’s grandson, Barney Britton, who was amazed at how clear the images still were after 70 years.
Publishing the photos online, Mr Britton, himself a professional photographer, said: ‘My mother vaguely remembered seeing colour pictures of her parents’ honeymoon trip when she was a child but after several decades and multiple house moves, she presumed they had been lost.
‘Not so – they were in my grandmother’s attic all along, and earlier this month we found them, while clearing out her house.’
…a true family treasure.
Via The Daily Mail