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  1. SandyH says

    I went to the same school as Philomena. We both lived in Stanmore, Middlesex.

  2. Itamaria says

    I saw Philomena playing in 1951. My father was stationed in Germany after WW11 and my brother and I flew out there in a Viking aeroplane from Northolt landing two hours later at Dusseldorf airport. We stayed with a German family, in Cloppenburg whose daughter Gerda was the same age (14) as me and who also played the piano - she taught me to play the Harry Lime theme! The whole family, including my Dad went to hear Philomena play one night - I believe it was in Cloppenburg and we were spellbound by her performance for which she received tremendous applause. I still have photos of Gerda and her schoolfriends who took me out, introducing me to the bicycle that braked when you backpedalled. The girls all had hair in plaits down to their waists - I had had mine cut off and my hair was styled in the popular DA cut - after my brother and I got back home, my Dad wrote that the girls had had their hair cut too and he was taking a lot of flack from their indignant mothers. Good memories.

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