…scanning, managing the storage facility, photocopying and making tea (although she does object to this). She bosses me around, tries to change my systems of working and still tells me off, but I couldn’t do without her.
Your turn now Mum, let’s hear about your life when you’re not running Paula Day Solicitors……I started my working life at the age of 12 years old as a weekend girl in a Hair Salon. When I was 15 years old I started my Apprenticeship and, at 18 years old, I got a job in the West End and continued my training as an Improver. I left this position after 7 years having become the Under Manager in the Hairdressing Department. I met Paula’s Dad in 1966, in 2019 we celebrated our Golden Wedding.
To say Paula was an active child is an understatement! We spent many hours going to Dance Competitions right up until she was in her early thirties. We are never bored as Paula can always find us something to do. I retired 10 years ago but I have kept busy, working for Paula one day a week, gardening, caravanning, and generally enjoying what life has to offer.
Paula’s Dad is always on call for all the odd jobs that need doing. Starting life in the Building Trade can be a disadvantage if you have a Daughter with demands! I think Paula follows her Dad in that she is always striving to get better. Trevor started as a Carpenter but became a Lecturer at Southend College and then went on to teach Resistant Materials at Paula’s old school, Grays Convent, when the College was closed to all trades.
Paula and her Dad are the best of friends. She is definitely her Father’s Daughter and they get on like a ‘house on fire’. This can, at times, be quite aggravating when, for some unknown reason, they will start doing the River Dance up and down the lounge!
As I said before, life is never boring, but we would not change a thing and wouldn’t have life any other way. We are very proud of Paula and her achievements.
Trevor Cotgrove – I have to mention my Dad as well as he is always called in to do the ‘practical’ tasks…hanging pictures, putting up shelves, moving furniture. His favourite phrase though is ‘I DO NOT DO ADMIN WORK’ much to my Mum’s consternation!
Dad could tell you what he enjoys doing in his spare time but Mum decides that for him so you probably already know!