In Churchill’s shadow

Sixteen-year-old Patrick Daley, left, his late brother Denis and their mother Lady Peggy Daley with Sir Winston Churchill
Sixteen-year-old Patrick Daley, left, his late brother Denis and their mother Lady Peggy Daley with Sir Winston Churchill

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When I first published this picture I commented on the wry smile on Sir Winston Churchill’s face.

It was taken in 1950 at The Savoy Restaurant opposite South Parade Pier, Southsea, at the dinner in honour of the great wartime leader being made a freeman of Portsmouth.

He was pictured with Lady Peggy Daley, the lady mayoress during most of the war and her two sons, Patrick on the left and Denis.

Patrick, from Waterlooville, got in touch and tells me: ‘As a 16-year-old I was probably the youngest guest on that occasion and was even fortunate enough to meet the great man.

‘I recall the food being excellent that night although perhaps real turtle soup would be rather frowned upon these days.

‘As I was so young, it’s possible I’m the only person still alive who attended that dinner,’ says Patrick, now 80.