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I am told that there are photograhs of torchlit victory parades in Barnstaple at the Cross Street headquarters of the North Devon Lb Dems. I understand that the original was taken in 1959 on the first occasion that Jeremy Thorpe was elected. The second was taken on the return to North Devon of Nick Harvey, the newly elected North Devon MP in 1992. I shall see if these can be scanned and posted here.
Lots of the interviews in From the Grassroots seem to start with family memories of politics, so I thought I would start things off in the Community with one of mine. My family are all politically interested but have never been particularly active. My Dad - who I'm fairly confident votes Conservative, although in our family we do not ask how the others vote (and he would tell me it was a matter between him and the polling booth if I did!) - remembers that my Nan would never let him take her to the polling station on election day. She would refuse lifts from all of the party activists until the Conservatives came around, when she would be, according to Dad, 'insufferably nice' to him. As my Nan was a very committed Labour supporter this confused my Dad as a child, until she finally revealed one day: "if I'm in his car he can't take anyone to the station who might actually vote for him!" One way of making your vote count twice, I guess!