Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Are you sitting comfortably?

Then I'll begin. And on this very day in 1950 she did. Daphne Oxenford, that is. The voice of 'Listen with Mother'.

If the name seems familiar it might be because it was in the news late last year for less happy reasons. Daphne Oxenford died in December aged ninety-three, after a lifetime acting, entertaining troops (she was a member of ENSA during the war) and, of course, reading stories to children at 'a quarter-to-two' as the announcer would intone on the BBC Light Programme.

If, like me, you happen to be of 'a certain age' then you'll probably remember the music that followed (Beceuse from the Dolly Suite by Gabriel Faure) before the dulcet, post prandial tones of Miss Oxenford (or perhaps Julia Lang or Dorothy Smith, two of the other presenters) would welcome you to one of the few items of dedicated children's broadcasting available at the time.

Kids today, CBeebies on morning 'til night - don't know they're born, do they?

So, are you sitting comfortably? If so, this might bring back a few memories...

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  1. Ah yes, happy memories indeed. I couldn't remember the tune until I clicked on the link then it all came flooding back.

  2. Careful, Trish! That's age-incriminating information... lovely tune, though. And as a mere man, I can reveal that one of my earliest memories is of listening to it via an old Rediffusion TV set (from whence, in Hull, our radio signal came). Ah, nostalgia...


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