" A Life of Music
I was born in Crewe, Cheshire, on 18 July 1915, in a little
terraced house in Ludford Street.
My father was a musician. The music must have come down
through the Ford family, because his stepbrother was musical; he
was a cellist and he lived in London on a barge on the Thames. But
we never had much to do with him; we didn't go to London, it was
miles away as far as we were concerned.
My other brother, Frank, also played the cello. My sister,
Marion (Marie), who's between the two boys, never left home; she
played the piano and became a piano teacher in Crewe and stayed
there all her life.