My Dad, he worked for a time with Eckett & Ellis, the builders on Ham Common. They had a yard opposite Vine Cottage, that looks onto the pond and that was the local builders and my Dad worked for them for a time. They were great friends as well… and then my Dad, he was called up – the Second World War – he went in quite late, because he was Reserved Occupation, being a builder. But I spent quite a lot of my childhood at Vine Cottage, because they didn’t have any children, my godmother, she desperately wanted a family, but it didn’t happen and I was the third child with my Mum. They were great friends, so she looked after me quite a lot. I think it was more jobbing building, really. I know they used to do a lot of work for Ham House, but he was… just everybody knew them. And also Mr Fricker, his two brothers, they worked for Eckett & Ellis and the Frickers lived in Lock Road; they were a family of four or five children and I’m still friends with John, the eldest boy, even now we meet up.