We are delighted to share an oral history account from Gloria Ingham. This is the result of our partnership project with the Multicultural Friendship Association, Weston-super-Mare, culminating in a community exhibition.
Jane Hill, Community Liaison Officer
Over 30 years ago, I lived in The Philippines. I was a widow with 2 girls, Marilyn aged 10 and Glaiza aged 4. Through pen friends I met Roger Ingham and we began our friendship through letters until our relationship developed into a romance. Roger visited The Philippines after a year of letter exchanging and eventually we got married with a grand wedding ceremony. We were blessed with the news that I was pregnant and we had a lovely daughter, Regina. It took a tortuous year before Regina and I could join Roger back in England and then another 6 months for Marilyn and Glaiza to join us. The girls are now grown up and they are very successful in their chosen careers. We all consider this as our second home and we have always embraced the opportunities offered to us. Roger and I have been shown enormous hospitality by joining the MFA group and we thank you for your longstanding friendship, support and generosity. 2020 has been tough and full of sadness for the whole world and our sadness was intensified with the loss of Roger 3 months ago. We have endless memories together which I will treasure forever.