A bundle of love letters, found at an auction in Hastings, tell
the true story of a 1950s postal courtship.
Their writer is Dunkirk survivor Maurice Nash who, fourteen years after the historic evacuation, was working as builder, travelling around England repairing and rebuilding a still broken country. The object of his shy affection was part time barmaid Peggy Cockrill, who served behind the bar of one of the many pubs in which Maurice found solace in the lonely evenings.
Depth is added to the story by Hastings past and present barmaids and builders, who talk about their working lives. In this, the final book in her series on Hastings wartime and post war history, Victoria Seymour also re-visits Lavender Cottage, via the memoirs of a WWII soldier, whose family were the first occupants of this now famous house.