This page is made with love.
Chris and I met briefly in London in about 1985. When she arrived in Bristol to start her midwifery course, we met up again and that was really the start of it all. We lived together in Bristol, on the Gower peninsula and in Todmorden. After we stopped living together, we worked hard to be friends and our relationship grew even stronger. I’m proud that we loved each other so much and that we did so much (Bruce was just a small part) and built up beautiful memories to hold.
Here are some songs that meant a lot to us both:
- Psychedelic Furs – The Ghost in You
- Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
- The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
- George Michael and Aretha Franklin – I knew you were waiting
- Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t nothin goin on but the rent
- Simply Red – Money’s too tight to mention
- The Blues Brothers – Everybody needs somebody
- Bruce – Born to Run (acoustic)
- Billy Bragg – Levi Stubbs’ Tears
We went to lots of gigs:
- Pretenders 2000 Miles we saw them on 14th June, 1987 at Bristol Colston Hall
- Madonna on the Who’s That Girl tour at Wembley on 19th August, 1987, a birthday present from me, memorable because this was the day of the Hungerford massacre and a message came up on the big screen for one of the relatives to check in. Really stuck in our heads. Open your heart.
- Billy Bragg – Tender Comrade, this video is just a few days before we saw BB do this live at Bristol Colston Hall on November 23rd, 1988
And of course Bruce, but he gets his own page on this site!
Ways to raise money for amyloidosis research: My JustGiving page UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund
This is us on Chris’s last holiday abroad. We have a feature at 3.16 or so. She and I are the ones with the best hats!
Same trip, on the dog sled, she loved this so much.
Some moments of complete daftness on our trip to Frankfurt to see Bruce, we went up into the hills afterwards and this is just after we’ve had a conversation with a deaf old German man who didn’t speak English and who told us all about his heart problems so that the whole cafe could hear. They were all laughing their heads off! Chris had a great talent for picking up dodgy old men when we were abroad!
Mary Towneley Loop 2017
I walked the 47 mile loop of the Pennine Bridleway from January through to May. It took a long time because I mainly did linear there and back walks, thus doing nearly twice the distance. On 2 occasions my friend (and Chris’s) Babs and I did a 2 car thing. I walked it because Chris and I had planned to cycle it. I wasn’t ready for the bike in January but I did do a couple of less pleasant sections on the bike in April. I feel sure Chris would have loved it and I’m so sad we didn’t get the chance to do it together. We knew most of the eastern and south east side of the loop but I was unfamiliar with the west and north west sides. I walked in all weathers although I don’t think it snowed. Certainly through some torrential and very cold downpours and some biting winds. The last few parts were lovely and blessed by warmth and sun. See the blog for the sections.