»  Letter: Wednesday, April 6, 1983

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Envelope front

Note from Mother

Letter from Electoral Officer

Proxy voting card



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Mrs. J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue
Northampton NN4 9PX

Mr John Derbyshire
Siping Teacher's College
Siping City
People's Republic of China

April 6th

My dear Son,

Herewith your card to be filled in & returned, so that you can vote by Proxy if & when necessary.[1] Have been to the new Derngate Theatre today. Judy got me a ticket, plus box of chocs to see "Nutcracker" Ballet. Its a massive place. I really enjoyed it, I think once its got going it will be very good for the town. The Prima Ballerina was a beautiful Chinese girl, Sui Kan Chiang,[2] trained in Peking. later allowed to go to Hong Kong. In a hurry dear to post, to town to get food — Dad can't do it now — then to hairdresser, then having Marcus while Judy goes into school to get ready for next Monday. Still very cold & wet. Its all go!!

Lots of love

                Mother   X X X



  1. The proxy voting card survives in Mum's letter, un-filled in, because the electoral officer had previously sent me one by surface mail in January. I guess both cards arrived at about the same time, then I filled in the other & sent it back. At any rate, I did vote by proxy in the June 9 general election — see Mum's letter of June 15.
  2. Jenny Sui-kan Chiang was the first Beijing-trained ballerina to have a successful performing career in the West. Internet references show her still teaching in 2003.