By Charles Backus, Edward R. Campbell '39 Press Director
|Charles Backus in London|
Having had a wonderful time in Texas, Celia designed our visit to England as a reciprocal tour. Our group of eleven congenial individuals included Davis and Gwen Ford; Advancement Board member Lynn Box and husband Richard, former chairman of the Texas A&M Board of Regents; Press author Janet Pollard; and former US Senator Joseph Tydings, from Maryland.
The tour generated a great deal of camaraderie and good will for Texas A&M University among those whom we met. In addition, with Celia's personal involvement, we were able to assure that the two titles by her that are now published with the Texas A&M imprint, and perhaps other books from our list, will be stocked and sold in most of the Churchill sites in England.
|Celia Sandys (second from right) pictured in the Chartwell book and gift shop with (from left to right) past Press Advancement Board chairman Davis Ford, Chartwell retail manager Nicola Watson, and Charles Backus.|
|Churchill War Rooms|
|Winston Churchill's gravesite |
at St. Martin's Church in Bladon
En route back to London, we stopped off at Harrow, the "public school" where Churchill received much of his early education and from where many of the poignant letters of a lonely child that appear in From Winston with Love and Kisses were written.
For our final night in London, we were the guests of Lord Gordon Wasserman in the private dining room of the House of Lords. We were treated to an extensive tour of Parliament and Westminster Hall, parts of which date to the 11th century. This storied complex, the location of so many of Churchill's triumphs and failures, was the perfect finale to our memorable tour.