Another lovely memory...thanks Sylvia. It's amazing how much we remember about our grandparents isn't it? In my case I spent a lot of time with my Grandad, we lived in the same house and as my dad was fighting in Egypt Grandad was the father figure.
A great story told by my mother (now aged 92) is that when Grandad was working as a cellarman at the wine merchants he was on very friendly terms with one of the directors of the company...and this director was a Russian prince! Grandad called him Bill for some reason and the prince called Grandad by his first name which was George. In those times this was quite unusual, one didn't usually blur those lines of social status. The prince whose name was actually Prince Vsevolode Joannavitch became engaged to lady Mary Astor. You can imagine how surprised my grandparents were to receive an invitation to the wedding...all gold embossed and very grand. This invitation was passed around the family, friends and virtually the whole of Stepney including the clothing factory where mum worked.
Needless to say they didn't go...my grandmother said she would have felt out of place and although Grandad was keen on attending 'Bill's' posh wedding he reluctantly declined.
If only they had kept the invitation...what a gem for the family history book!
Like your story Les it opens up a different side of life and insight into the characters of our grandparents. George (grandad) was liked and respected by everyone and this story affirms this!
He was quite a character.