EARLIER this year The Bugle spoke to Colin Jeavons, the West Bromwich boy who grew up to become a familiar face to the nation thanks to appearances in countless television shows from the 1960s through to the 80s (see our 21st March edition).
Last week we received a letter from Colin and his wife Rosie in Surrey, who have a couple of question they'd like to put to Bugle readers, both relating to Colin's formative years in the Black Country.
Rosie Jeavons writes: "I enclose a photograph of my father-in-law, Abel Jeavons (standing) with an unknown friend.
"It was taken during the First World War, probably while they were in Salonika, to judge by Abe's tan, and moustache.
"Abel was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, and his father's address was 57, Furnace Parade, Tipton.
"Abel had been working in Newport, Monmouthshire, before the war, and met his future wife Lilian Cotterill there. She was born in Bilston, and he was born in Roseville. They married in September 1918. He was demobbed in 1919 or 1920.
"My husband Colin remembers him having a badge with the Staffordshire Knot, so possibly he enlisted in Tipton, rather than Newport. My main reason for writing is that we are curious as to who his friend might be. Perhaps your readers will be able to help, who knows?
"Another query — when Colin was a little chap his family moved back to the Black Country from Newport and Abel became a coal merchant. They lived in West Bromwich at 33 Stanway Road. Colin remembers being pushed in his pushchair by his father on a Sunday to see the horses in a field.
"A very old gentleman was looking over the fence, and the two adults had a chat. Then the old fellow looked fondly at Col, and said: 'Yo'm a little cocka-ma-rairka, aye yer?' "This must have been more than 80 years ago. Has anyone else come across that Black Country expression?
"We both love The Bugle!" she added.