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When I met both Jean and Ronald, I was very touched by the love they still shared for each other after being married for almost 60 years. There was something very moving about them although Ronald looks a bit grumpy on this photo. He was a miner as most of the men from his generation who live in prefabs. He had a bad cough when I met him in 2005 but he was still smoking occasionally. His 60s ashtray always stood near his armchair. Seven years later, Jean is sitting in it, the ashtray has gone, so has Ronald. Jean has hung a black and white photo of 'her Ron' - as she calls him - when he was a kid and a recent one in colour just above his old armchair. Jean sounds sad when she talks about him but she can also be very smiley and she shows us where she now usually sits, by the window, 'so I can have the view on everything what's going on on the street!', she she admits, with a big cheeky smile.
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©Elisabeth Blanchet Elisabeth Blanchet
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Contained in galleries
Prefabs / Chesterfield / 2012-2013, Prefabs / North Derbyshire / Selection, Prefab Museum / Elisabeth's selection, Prefabs: Palaces for the People, Prefabs, Prefabs - large selection, Prefab Museum / Lucy
When I met both Jean and Ronald, I was very touched by the love they still shared for each other after being married for almost 60 years. There was something very moving about them although Ronald looks a bit grumpy on this photo. He was a miner as most of the men from his generation who live in prefabs. He had a bad cough when I met him in 2005 but he was still smoking occasionally. His 60s ashtray always stood near his armchair. Seven years later, Jean is sitting in it, the ashtray has gone, so has Ronald. Jean has hung a black and white photo of 'her Ron' - as she calls him - when he was a kid and a recent one in colour just above his old armchair. Jean sounds sad when she talks about him but she can also be very smiley and she shows us where she now usually sits, by the window, 'so I can have the view on everything what's going on on the street!', she she admits, with a big cheeky smile.