The Amazing Co-incidence of the Lightfoot Letters

The most wonderful and amazing thing happened to me this week. Maria Walker, the artist I have been collaborating with since July’s Zest for a Day, and I had a meeting at Castle Arts Centre in Frodsham where she had an exhibition. She was showing me work she had done using a series of letters she bought in an antique shop, when we made the astonishing realisation that these letters had been written to my father’s sister by his whole family, back in the 1920s. The bundle includes letters written by my father.

This is nothing short of a miracle. I feel as though I have been given my dad back. He died in 1978, at only 67, and I was only 24. I am writing new poems about all this and Maria is working at new art.

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8 responses to “The Amazing Co-incidence of the Lightfoot Letters

  1. Steve

    This is an amazing story! X

  2. Angela – this is the stuff of dreams, and is the most marvellous story. Thank you for sharing it.

    Vanessa
    x

  3. Steve

    Incredible that I should be able to read these on the screen of my very 21st Century iMac 80 years after they were written. It seems like my Grandfather has reached out to say “hi”. He could never have known that when he wrote this letter!

  4. I will be posting more over the next few weeks on this topic. Am still taking it all in, and Maria is scanning all the letters so I can borrow the originals! Read more on her blog ‘visual and virtual’.

  5. Steve, you look like him and your dad is the spit of him! I have so little of him, I feel he has come home to me. I didn’t know he liked skating – and look at his great-granddaughter!

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  7. What a marvellous story. I am sorry not to be able to get to the exhibition (outside UK). Glenis

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