Grandmother's Wake, Winkton, Christchurch, Dorset - 18th September 2017

Nosher's grandmother shuffles off this mortal coil at the decent age of nearly 93. There's something of a mini family reunion for the event, held in Bournemouth, with a gathering afterwards at The Lamb in Winkton, up the road from the care home where she spent her last couple of years and near her previous home of Burton. This prompts some "visits of reflection", including going to New Milton to buy a belt from the shop that time forgot - Bradbeer's - and seeing what else is unchanged from the 1980s, followed by a stop off at Christchurch Quay, site of many a childhood holiday visit with the grandparents. There's also a photo of a B-17, which must have been flown by Nosher's Grandad. However, the identifiable plane in the background is B-17G "BU-U", which was assigned to the Federated Malay States squadron.

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On the way down to Bounrmeouth, a Herbie look-alike pulls in to Tesco petrol station in Bury St Edmunds

The old bypassed A11, just up from Fourwentways, is deserted

There's a shock as the southbound Fleet services has been demolished - all that remains is the old link bridge

New Forest lane towards Holmesley

Barney and Binkie

Michelle throws a tennis ball for the dogs

Binkie looks down from the staircase

The New Milton lighting centre - as was and forever shall be

Charles Nobel jewellers on Station Road is also much the same as the 1980s (apart from new signs)

The legendary Bradbeers

The Post Office also manages to look like one from a model railway

Something else fundamentally the same is New Milton railway station

The ancient BR logo on the railway sign

The trains are newer, but the station is the same

Barton cliff top, looking to Bournemouth

Nosher's motor on the clifftop at Barton on Sea

It's convertible day down at Tesco petrol station in New Milton as a lovely Hillman pulls in for gas

Christchurch Priory

Renovation occurs on an old building near the priory

Someone reads the newspaper down by the quay

The River Stour at Christchurch, looking towards Tuckton

A line of motor boats on the river

A melee of swans

The Old Mill tea rooms

Christchurch sailing club

The park and the bandstand

Down at The Lamb, Judith talks to the Ross on Wye branch of the family

Grandmother's collection of old photos and theatre programmes

Judith - then and now

Grandmother, Nosher and sis, in around 1970 or 71

Josephine, Debbie, Cathy and Mandy

Uncle Neil and Martina

Mother, left, talks

More family chat

Nosher is surprised to discover his Grandad also flew B17s for the RAF. This might be BU-E (a B-17G), with BU-U in the background

Cousin Alex and Uncle Bruno from Geneva

Bruno looks at photographs

A photo with Alex and Elisa as babies

The Lamb Inn at Winkton

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On the way down to Bounrmeouth, a Herbie look-alike pulls in to Tesco petrol station in Bury St Edmunds