In March 1946, Ernest and Peggy Cook, a newly married young couple from Stroud came down to Clevedon for their honeymoon. They stayed at a guest house near the Pier – as many honeymooning couples had done before – including J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife in 1916. Lyn Cook, the couple’s daughter, remembers that her father loved poetry and that her mother had fond memories of walking on the Pier. Ernest wrote a poem called On Clevedon which Lyn says was “Dad’s way of expressing his feelings”.
Later, some time before Peggy’s death in 2016, Lyn and her brother John brought their mother down to the Pier and spent an emotional few hours reconnecting with a place that held some very special memories for herself and her late husband. Lyn remembers that “the staff were so very kind. One volunteer pushed Mum’s wheelchair right to the end of the Pier and made quite a fuss of her – which she loved!”.
Now, in response to our COVID-19 appeal John, Ernest and Peggy’s son, has put his father’s poem to music. One of our wonderful supporters, Rebecca Underwood, has created a delightful video to accompany the music – incorporating photographs which reflect the Pier’s post war life. You can view the video below. If you enjoy it then please consider buying a deck plaque, applying for an annual pass (effective from the date of opening) or making a donation here.