Books Review – Coaldust to Glitter, Woodville to Westminster
Published by The Magic Attic Archives, West Street, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire DE11 9DG
A GREAT little read. Bob Collier was diagnosed with “club foot” at age of nine and told he would never be fit for the armed forces. He grew up in Woodville and got into all the trouble young boys did during the 50s and 60s. His foot was badly burned and that was when he was diagnosed with club foot. He was determined to make something of himself so after working several odd jobs including working in the coal mines, as a mechanic’s apprentice, delivering newspapers, working at a shop in the High Street, he decided to try and join the armed forces. He passed the tests – and, surprisingly, the physical, and was offered the opportunity to join the Life Guards, Household Cavalry. While in her Majesty’s service he traveled to different parts of the world including Germany, Cyprus, Singapore, Northern Ireland and for the Sultan of Oman. There were many wonderful adventures where along the way he was married and started a family. Eventually settling back in England – finally in London he was offered a job working alongside the Speaker in the House of Commons. He was there for several years and met many people, Royals, government ministers and Hollywood celebrities. A testament to the friends one makes over the years and how what we call “networking” now was also very prevalent back then.
It is a fun and interesting read into the history and insight into the workings of the establishment. A great reflection on someone who wouldn’t give up and had the perseverance to make something of himself after several people told him he wouldn’t! Stick-to-it-iveness!
This would make a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift.