08 Oct 1945




Mon. 8.10.45.

My own darling Sweetheart,

I was very disappointed not to find any letters from you this morning but came to the conclusion that the post had been delayed. Anyway, I was told at tea time there was a registered letter for me for which I thank you.

It's my evening tonight & I half decided to stay in & wash my hair & do various useful jobs but instead of doing that I weakly let myself be lured into the 10d's at the Sunbeam. It was a nice, laughable picture about a 16 year old girl & her reactions to the military when the war broke out. It reminded me of myself a bit, we laughed our socks off at it anyway. It was well worth 10d.

There was such a lovely surprise when I cam in too. Two letters from you were among the flowers on my dressing table! The post evidently had arrived late & some kind fairy had brought them to the home for me. I thought it was grand of young Stow --- she called in to tell me when she came off duty.

I sit here writing this to you & I've still got my bed to make. It's been stock taking today & everything has to be folded down with the C.G. stamp in the top right hand corner on the bed. Wait till I stock take in our house --- it'll be worse than spring cleaning. Are you frightened?

As you say it is beginning to get chilly now & aren't the nights drawing in? I can see us yet having to take a flash lamp with us on our next weekend together whenever that may be --- or we'll never find our way. I still want to go down Elston Trent Lane in the moonlight with you, you know --- will you remember next time there's a moon & we're at home together? Everybody thinks we're a bit mad now so we might as well prove it.

I'm glad you've struck a decent camp even though it is so far from the nearest town. Aren't there any buses? Is Lichfield anything like Southwell? I imagine it to be a similar place.

Does your marvellous stoker sweep up the odd bits pof coal with his 'tash? Does it go from side to side or does it point the way ahead? I often wonder what it must be like to be kissed by a man with a moustache. I think I ought to try it, you know, don't you? There's a saying “Meat without mustard is as incomplete as a kiss without a moustache” --- so there must be something in it.

You apologise for not writing sensible letters ---- well, there's no need to. I'd much rather you wrote me the sort of letters you do than all the sensible things in the world.

I heard from Phyl today. She says David walks all over the place now & weighs 27½lbs. Phyl's been my greatest friend for years & years but I used to envy her terribly really. I wasn't jealous really when she got married & then had David. I just used to try & imagine it was me instead. I was just as thrilled as she was & yet I was never there when I ought to have been. I went with her to order her flowers, photos & even the taxi, helped her choose her clothes & then I couldn't get time off to go to the wedding. She told me about the baby before she ever breathed a word to anyone else & I helped prepared little frocks & things & again I was at Sheffield when David was born. I used to tell her i'd be a trained midwife in time for the second one ----but that's all off now.

She sends her love to you & wants to know when we're going over again. Perhaps it won't be so long now.

Well, I must close & make my bed I'm getting quite cold sat here in my next-to-nothings.

All my Love Always.


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55786. Tpr. Hallam, J.H., R.A.C.,

H.Q.Company, (Sgts. Mess Cook),

G.S.C. Depôt,

Whittington Barracks,








The Sunbeam Pictures, Barnsley Rd. -

Set back from Barnsley Road, the Sunbeam, with it's brick and stucco building was designed by architect Walter J Buck, a director of the cinema. A monumental parapet on the front of the building incorporated an embossed rising sun motif. The building of the Sunbeam was delayed for over a year, as the council had a policy at the time, banning non essential building work, to ensure that new house building would not be halted or delayed by a lack of labour and materials. It opened in December 1922 with an auditorium that had seating for around 1,350 including the balcony whose seating was described as luxurious with ample leg room. Within weeks of the opening, prices were reduced in line with other East End cinema's.
In 1930, the Sunbeam changed over from silent to sound films. With hindsight the decision to install the Cinephone system using sound recorded on disc, was a mistake, and Western Electric sound equipment was brought in to replace this in 1932. This followed the introduction of the new international sound standard of an optical soundtrack on film.
In 1935, a covering shelter was built along the side of the cinema and an extended front canopy was installed a year later.

The Sunbeam closed on the 2nd September 1961

Other cinemas in the area where the Roxy Paragon, Capitol & Essoldo.

source: http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...&hl=sunbeam





photo : Elston Trent Lane ( Google maps)

Trent Lane is just out of East Stoke in the Direction of Nottingham, and it's obvious dead end on to the banks of the river Trent lent itself to be a 'lovers lane'