Grandmother's tea parties

Donated by Joan Dowling

This pink tea cup and saucer belonged to my grandmother and would, I think, be 100 years old.

My mother and father and I lived with my grandparents until I was five years old.

My grandmother had a lot of lady friends and she often hosted morning tea parties for them.

If my mother was out on the morning of one of my grandmother's tea parties and she had left me in grandmother's care, I would be allowed to join the ladies provided I was 'seen and not heard'.

I enjoyed these gatherings because although the conversation was far beyond me, I enjoyed the laughter and always scored some delicacies from the table.

I am 90 years old now and still remember grandmother's tea parties.