Brylcreem boy watched mum launch floating dock

Eight-year-old Patrick Daley on the right with the Brylcreemed hair, watches his mother launch the floating dock
Eight-year-old Patrick Daley on the right with the Brylcreemed hair, watches his mother launch the floating dock
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Patrick Daley could not help but smile when he saw a picture in a recent Saturday Pictures from the Past supplement in The News.

It showed the launch of a floating dock in Portsmouth in March 1943.

What it could not show was the view looking back from the dock. But Patrick can.

And the evidence is in the picture here. For the vessel was launched by his mother, Lady Peggy Daley, the lady mayoress of Portsmouth.

Her husband, lord mayor Sir Denis, is beside her in the top hat.

But look to the right at the little lad with the Brylcreemed hair who is glancing to his left.

That’s their son, Patrick, of Stakes Hilll Road, Waterlooville, who sent me the picture as a reminder of the occasion.

He says: ‘Seventy years on and I require rather less Brylcreem to manage what hair remains.’