Today is the 21st Anniversary of my mum’s death. Her name was Robina Hillary Pamplin, nee Bickerton. Known to all as ‘
Bobby’. She was born on 8th August 1947. Mum was 42 years old when she died suddenly on Saturday, 23rd June 1990, at 4.10pm, because of an undiagnosed brain tumour.
I was 19 at the time and having a ball being a typical student at Bristol doing my Social Science degree. I was actually suffering from a rather bad hangover that day due to a couple of school friends joining me for a Friday night out in glamorous Papillion’s nightclub in downtown Bristol.
The incessant banging on my student digs door from the Porter that lunchtime did nothing to ease my aching head. But he informed me that there was a phone call from my Dad down at the Security lodge. Of course this was back in the wonderful quaint days before mobile phones, when there were pay phones everywhere and phone cards were the latest thing. So I hurriedly got dressed and took the call.