Joe’s blog no. 5

Before we ‘say Goodbye’ to Joe there is one more aspect of his life that I’d like to share with you. Throughout his adult life, Joe was an ardent fan of Gracie Fields and both collected and promoted all her records.
 
Among the wartime artefacts that Joe stored in his wallet was this brief press cutting about her fund-raising tour of Canada.
Singing tour

Singing tour

This photograph of them together was probably taken in the 1960s.
Treasured memento

Treasured memento

Also from that time are letters from Gracie, sent in reply to Joe’s, between February and October 1963  while she was enjoying the sunshine at her island home in Capri. 
Februaury 5th 1963

Februaury 5th 1963

Joe loved animals and supported many animal charities as well as caring for many dogs during his lifetime.  In this letter Gracie responds by telling him about her pets. 
October 4th 1963

October 4th 1963

Finally, this photograph of Joe in his later years was taken by a photographer for The Shields Gazette to accompany their feature about him and his enduring admiration for Dame Gracie Fields.
A loyal fan

A loyal fan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What is 2 + 9 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)