Buying the ring
Today I bought Freda her engagement ring. We both made arrangements to have the afternoon off so that we could go to Satchwell’s Warehouse in Buckingham Street. We planned to return the rings we received on Saturday and choose one from their other stock. We met outside Snow Hill Station at 2.0pm and went by ’bus to Livery Street.
At the Warehouse we were terribly disappointed to find they had no other rings. The four they sent had been obtained specially, so we came away very disappointed. Freda ’phoned Mr. Powley and we thought we would try Lawrence’s Warehouse, but first we had to meet Mrs. Powley, who had to buy a dress from Paige’s. This took just an hour until 4.0pm, then we had a cup of tea in the Kardomah café. By then we had decided to go instead to Perry’s for the ring.
There was one in the window which immediately caught my eye and Freda’s — a lovely sapphire in a cluster of diamonds costing £27. The man brought the tray from out of the window and we had a look at this and another one at £38. There were no other sapphire and diamond rings in this style.
I think I knew right from the start that Freda had already made up her mind. She did not want to go to any other shop or see any other rings. This was JUST THE ONE, and in less than five minutes we had bought that ring and were on our way to catch the 4.50 train home!
Freda’s ring is very similar to Mrs. Powley’s. We were all very pleased with it. Freda has been wearing it ever since we got home! The purchase price includes free insurance for twelve months, and free alteration of the size. But it fits just perfectly.
Saved from the gallows
After writing to Percy Shurmer M.P. about John Spriggs, it was a great joy and relief to hear that he is not going to be executed, I had a letter from Mr Shurmer this morning:—
House of Commons, London S.W.1
What a nice man Mr Shurmer is. He has been our M.P since 1945 when he won the seat for Labour, defeating Leo Amery. He was born in 1890 and was in the Merchant Navy, which he left when he got married .He had various jobs before being elected to Birmingham City Council in 1921. He helped me once before when Oral Roberts asked me about the possibility of broadcasting on Commercial TV.
FRIDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 1957
SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
MONDAY 25th FEBRUARY
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