Remembering Peggy, the bathing beauty
Some two years ago, the Post ran a story about my mother, Peggy Isherwood, whom, it had recently been discovered, was the bathing beauty shown on the front cover of Pilning and Severn Beach History Group's publications (see left, taken in 1937).
You ran this story on September 8, 2010, and someone contacted us to tell us that the picture had been shown with a query as to who the young girl in the picture was – and it was my mother, Peggy.
We are very sad to inform you that my mother passed away on Saturday, January 12, at the great age of 91 years.
She had a wonderful life and was surrounded by a loving family in her last days.
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I just thought that the Pilning and Severn Beach History Group, and any others who may remember her in the Bristol area where she was born and grew up, might like to know this.
Her family, the Scullys, lived at 15 Victoria Square, Bristol (the home of cricketing legend W G Grace) while my mother was growing up. They moved to Severn Beach, I think when war started and my grandfather's printing premises was bombed.
The family moved over to Weston-super-Mare in the early 1940s, and my mother married in 1941 and moved to Weybridge where she lived her whole life (but with many visits to Weston).
We have lots of pictures of her by the sea. She loved swimming, so the picture of her at The Blue Lagoon at Severn Beach is fairly typical of other photos of her.
My mother was a very lucky lady. Not only was she beautiful, but she had a delightful and fun personality too, and everyone loved her.
Her funeral took place at St Mary's Church, Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey, on Friday, January 25, with any donations going to Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, c/o Lodge Brothers, Weybridge. You can visit the website at www.lodgebrothers.co.uk or call 01932 854758.
Diana Isherwood Stone