After about two years in the laboratory, the National Health Service was starting, and Aneurin Bevan started a tour of hospitals and other institutions to inaugurate the National Health Service. And one of the hospitals he came to was Llafrecha Grange Hospital, which was then a hospital for the mentally handicapped. He came there—I’ve forgotten the dates—in late 1948. And my friend and I went there, because the other members of the laboratory didn’t want to go and they couldn’t all go, of course. But when his tours went, Betty Martin and myself. And after a while, Aneurin Bevan came. I don’t remember the details of who greeted him, but there weren’t many doctors there. There were nurses and other people clerical administrative staff; and Aneurin Bevan, at one point, was standing on his own. At that time, it was the fashion to collect people’s autographs. So I went up to Aneurin Bevan and asked him if we could have his autograph, and he said, “Certainly”. And at the same time, the official photographer was coming around—sorry, not the official photographer, a photographer—from Newport, called Happy Snaps. While he was photographing, Aneurin Bevan signed the little ticket from the photographer. And in those days, you took the photograph to the photographers and you could get a print from them, from the negative. So that’s how we met Aneurin Bevan, and he did say, he asked us where we came from—which department. And we told him. Then he went on to speak about the beginning of the National Health Service.
So that was my encounter with Aneurin Bevan and how we had our photographs taken with him.