NOTECARD - HANDWRITTEN
Dear Mr. Davidson,
Pardon delay in reply to your very kind letter - It will be our pleasure to meet your Daughter anytime during our visit to Glasgow.
While abroad on tour, Stan’s letters carry the more common continental European dating system of day/month/year, so this letter (as well as those that follow from this time period) dated 11/4/47 was typed on April 11, 1947.
SAVOY HOTEL LETTERHEAD - London - HANDRWITTEN
Dear Mrs [Mary] Rutter,
Please pardon delay in reply to your very sweet letter - greatly appreciated & certainly brought back many memories to me.
Yes, my Dad is still living - saw him a month ago - 85 now.
When I played Newcastle - I took a ride around No. Shields - it was sad to see the old Town in such a State - but I got a thrill just the same to see once again Dockwray Square - Saville St etc. I didn't see the wooden Dolly. But asked after her & understand the old Gal is still there! Will close now. Many thanks for writing - it was a great pleasure indeed to hear from you among my many friends in the North - with kind regards to self & family. Trust alls well & happy with you-
Bye now & God Bless.
The “Wooden Dolly” was a buxom female figure without any arms, brightly painted in a red dress with a pink face and black hair. The original figurehead was replaced in 1850, and after wearing away, a third version was made in 1864. This lasted until 1901 when a newly designed statue was made and sited in central North Shields. A replica was made of this in 1958 but it was not until 1992 that a “true” Dolly was restored to its rightful place on the quayside.