Ten years ago I bought these diaries at a market. They were bundled in a plastic bag and I thought it was awful that such a personal record of someone’s life should end up there. After doing a bit of research I discovered that they belonged to Cyril Raymond, a very well known actor of his time who played the husband in Brief Encounter. I tried to find some relatives to pass them onto but ran into a dead end. Last year I heard a piece about Brief Encounter on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and emailed in to see if anyone knew of Cyril’s family. The radio call out produced an amazing response and Cyril’s story is quite extraordinary. Saturday Live came to record me handing over the diaries to Cyril’s granddaughter, Joanna who tells the whole story. It’s on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow morning at 9am-10.30am (and available on Iplayer afterwards). #diaries #stories #storytelling #writing #lifestory #diary
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  • helenfrielTen years ago I bought these diaries at a market. They were bundled in a plastic bag and I thought it was awful that such a personal record of someone’s life should end up there. After doing a bit of research I discovered that they belonged to Cyril Raymond, a very well known actor of his time who played the husband in Brief Encounter. I tried to find some relatives to pass them onto but ran into a dead end. Last year I heard a piece about Brief Encounter on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and emailed in to see if anyone knew of Cyril’s family. The radio call out produced an amazing response and Cyril’s story is quite extraordinary. Saturday Live came to record me handing over the diaries to Cyril’s granddaughter, Joanna who tells the whole story. It’s on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow morning at 9am-10.30am (and available on Iplayer afterwards). #diaries #stories #storytelling #writing #lifestory #diary

  • torchedrfrAw sweet
  • moonandsparrowAmazing!! I want to hear??
  • helenfrielYou can listen to it on BBC radio iPlayer anywhere in the world @moonandsparrow.
  • nstarr2810 years?!?!?! 😳
  • renplaSadly, won't be able to listen here in USA🇺🇸, but what a story. Good for you...many people wouldn't have bothered👏
  • helloyukfunWow that's amazing! Will have a listen
  • prisillaspace💖 How wonderful!!!!
  • meghan.conroyWhat a lovely story!
  • helenfriel@renpla Thanks! BBC iPlayer radio is available all around the the world if you fancy a listen.
  • helenfriel@agirlcalledbexy Aw, thanks!
  • emilysellersproducerAmazing @helenfriel
  • tootinsThat's such a lovely story! :). Good on you!
  • daisytempestI'll be listening
  • arthyskThis is amazing!
  • hellobridgettThat's amazing!
  • headexplodieThat's so great, I loved Brief Encounter!
  • haideedrewHow amazing! I'll have a listen xx
  • malcolmhadleyWow!
  • malcolmhadley@helenfriel just listened amazing story!
  • helenfrielThanks @malcolmhadley! Glad you enjoyed it.
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