The video footage was grainy, but Taylor recognized them easily. It was Great Uncle Phil and Great Aunt Phyllis.
It was taken the day they set out on their final adventure. They were young and adventurous, impetuous and very much spur of the moment people.
They had taken themselves to England and the last word received from them was that they were going to America.
He knew all this from the box of letters and papers he found in his grandparent’s attic.
His Great Aunt and Uncle had been the source of so much pride within the family. They were the ones who were never afraid to take on the world.
In the footage, they are holding hands at the bottom of the gangway onto the ship that was taking them into another adventure.
You can see the enthusiasm and excitement on their faces. Phil had been a postman, and Phyllis a midwife and both had saved as much as they could to see the world.
There was a letter in the box from Phyllis saying that had been to London and had seen the King, the castles of the realm and they looked forward to the voyage across the Atlantic and to further adventures in the United States.
The final sentence: “We are doubly excited to have secured passage, albeit in the lower decks of the newly commissioned ship Titanic.”
He felt suddenly cold as he watched the footage again aware they had no idea what was ahead of them.