The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This is the memory of my mother Bridget from her trip to England in July 1984. After meeting Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger at Pete's Eel Pie studios, my mother and her cousin set off to Sussex vis train to meet Roger Daltrey.

The train ride to Sussex felt endless. Rolling golden hills stretched for miles outside of the train window. When they arrived in Sussex they had no place to go. There was no one in sight on the platform, but in the parking lot of the station Bridget noticed an elderly woman with a small boy. With no other conceivable option, they approached the old woman.

"Good afternoon!" the woman sang at the pair of girls.

"Hii" Josette called back. They walked closer and introduced themselves.

"My name is Josette and she's Bridget. We just got into town and we need a place to stay. Could you help us?" Josette explained. 

The elderly woman introduced herself as Mrs. Travers and told the girls that she knew just the place. There was a woman just down the road named Mrs. Scott who had a room they could stay in while they were visiting town. The girls got into Mrs. Travers' car, and the four of them were off, leaving a puff of dirt behind them as they headed down the road. 

After Mrs. Scott had welcomed them into her home, the girls settled in and relaxed until they went to sleep that night. The next morning they set out on their journey to meet Roger Daltrey. They knew he lived in Sussex but had not the faintest idea where. They decided to go for a walk into the town to see if anyone could help them. After an hour or so of walking the pair encountered a girl on a bike who happened to know where Roger lived and told them where they needed to go.

Once outside Roger's house the girls began to feel strange. It was one thing to show up unannounced at someone's studio, but to knock on a person's front door?! They almost turned around and abandoned all hope of meeting Roger, but at the last minute, the girls came together and decided to try; the worst he could do was tell them to leave. So they knocked on Roger Daltrey's door, and to their surprise they were welcomed into his home. They enjoyed each other's company and made conversation about the trout hatchery that Roger kept in his backyard. 

To Sussex

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July, 1984
England, United Kingdom

This is the memory of my mother Bridget from her trip to England in July 1984. After meeting Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger at Pete's Eel Pie studios, my mother and her cousin set off to Sussex vis train to meet Roger Daltrey.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Will Fox on March 30, 2020
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