AGE 25

MEET AND GET ENGAGED TO MICHAEL PARKIN. MOVE FROM  MUCH -LOVED BEDSIT AND MUCH-LOVED JOB IN ELEPHANT AND CASTLE. JOIN MY WIDOWED MOTHER DOWN IN BARRY, SOUTH WALES, TO HELP HER RUN HER B AND B AND FULL-BOARD SUMMER SEASON WITHOUT MY FATHER NOW.

MY DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IS FIRMLY ON MY LEFT HAND FINGER. IT DOESN’T DISCOURAGE THE LOCAL MENFOLK. SUITORS QUEUE UP.  THE ELDERLY MILLIONAIRE POLISH ADMIRER DRIVES DOWN IN HIS CHAUFFEURED DAIMLER TO BEG MY MOTHER  FOR MY HAND IN MARRIAGE.

SHE REFUSES. “WE DON’T SELL OUR DAUGHTERS IN WALES, SIR!”

A LOCAL JAZZ MUSICIAN, A TONY CURTIS LOOK-ALIKE TOOK TO DROPPING IN EVERY DAY. MY MOTHER FOUND HIM ENCHANTING BUT SAID I WOULDN’T HAVE THE QUALITY LIFE I COULD EXPECT FROM MY ENGLISH AND UPPER CLASS AND OXFORD EDUCATED FIANCE. “THERE’S NOTHING L;IKE THE MANNERS OF A PUBLIC SCHOOLBOY, MOLLY”.

Molly with Quentin Crisp Performing at Ronnie Scotts 1986
* Quentin was Molly's first Male Nude Model when she was an art student