Created by Peggy 11 years ago
On 24th August, James William and Elsie Lillian Bailey had a baby boy, James Edward Bailey - “Jimmy”. He was born at the General Lying-In Hospital, Southwark, London. He has two sisters, Joyce and Sheila. 1939 - A childhood living in London during the Blitz. 1952 - Jim left Tennyson Secondary School and worked as a “runner” for a photographic news agency in Fleet Street and then for the National Union of Agricultural Workers. 1955 - Jim entered the Royal Air Force. After training he was stationed in Germany with the 4th Mobile Field Photographic Section and also at R.A.F. Cottesmore. Early in his service he met Trevor and Peter who were to remain his best friends for fifty years. 1958 - Jim met Peggy at a dance at Wimbledon Town Hall. Instead of an engagement ring they bought a Lambretta scooter so Jim could ride from R.A.F. Cottesmore to see Peggy in Surrey on his leave. 1959 - Jim and Peggy’s first visit to the Lake District - it became one of their favourite places in the world. 1960 - Jim left the R.A.F. and went to work for Smee’s in Manchester Square as a photographer. 1962 - On the 24th March, Jim and Peggy married at St. Andrew’s Church, Ham. 1962 - Jim loved the line in the ‘The Graduate’- “I have just one word to say to you: Plastics”. He began working as a salesman for Muehlstein-Northwestern in Berkeley Square - an American plastics company. 1963 - Jim started playing tennis. 1965 - Jane Louise Bailey born. 1966 - Jim and two colleagues left Muehlstein’s to start Luxus, based on Ebury Street. 1966 - Ian James Bailey born. 1969 - Suzanne Louise Bailey born. 1974 - Partner in Strom Plastics, based in Kettering. 1977 - Set up his own companies: JBThermoplastics and JB Sales. 1983 - Qualified as a Tennis Coach. 1992 - Retired from plastics and became a full-time tennis coach. County Captain for Northamptonshire Boys’and Men’s tennis teams. 1995 - Annabel Bailey born - the first of Jim’s five treasured granddaughters - followed by Mariella, Amber, Venetia and Jenna. Jim gave each of them a tennis racquet the day they were born! Christopher is his only and much-loved grandson. 2007 - Jim turned 70 years old and celebrated with a big party in Norfolk with his family and friends.