July 19th 1961
Thank you for your letter. I expect this will be the last letter you will receive from me for a while. The next one will probably be all about your holiday. It does not seem possible that when you read this, there will be less than 2 weeks until you fly over.
A girl friend of mine passed her driving test last Friday and it seems very likely that she will be able to drive me down to Gatwick and bring us both back in her car. Nothing definite has been arranged yet but it would be very convenient if she can. This girl is the same age as I am (18) and she has her own car. I don’t know how she can afford it.
My friends have advised me to arrange a definite place to meet, as, they say, we could be wandering around for hours and not find each other. I will try to be outside the Customs when you leave there but if I am not there go to the information desk and wait there and I will come and find you.
Do you know what your flight number is yet? It would help a great deal if I knew, as I could find out what part of the airport you will be in. Much easier.
The weather here has not been very nice lately. It is quite cold and we have had a lot of rain. I do hope it changes for the holiday.
By the way, I wrote to Alan and told him I would be at work the day you go home, so you would have no one to take you to the airport. He said I’ve got to tell you that he would be glad to go with you, if it is alright with you, He will be at home during that week as he doesn’t intend to start work until a few weeks after he gets his demob.
I am glad you are staying long enough to be able to meet him. He is very nice and I am very fond of him. Did I tell you that he has been in Cyprus for seven months and I have not seen him since January?
It seems rather silly writing such a long letter as soon we will be able to talk about everything. Although we have been writing for so long I am sure we don’t really know very much about each other. Actually, I cannot even remember how old you are. I have lost count since you last told me.
I will finish now. I will see you on August 4th, between 8.30 and 9 pm at Gatwick Airport. Either outside Customs or by the Information Desk. Right?