Ewell, England, is the destination of the Beecher family at present preparing to leave Cape Town, South Africa.
Ewell, England, is the destination of the Beecher family at present preparing to leave Cape Town, South Africa. An act of love is the cause of their leaving. The youngest member of the family, 2-year-old Tommy, was abandoned at birth by his parents. The Beechers adopted him.
But, because Tommy was classified under South Africa's race laws as 'Coloured' the authorities decreed that he should be handed over to 'Coloured' foster-parents by Oct, 1 this year. Mrs. Frank Beecher was heart-broken, but adamant. She would keep the child. And by her determination - she went into hiding for several weeks - the South African government relented...on condition that the Beechers left the country.
It will be Christmas in Britain for the Beechers - Frank, his wife, daughter Janette, and sons Derek and Tommy - after 12 years in Africa. Their plane leaves Dec 13.
Frank's union - the Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers - paid for the passage. And when he arrives in Britain there will be a job for him - with his former employer.