My mother, Patricia McMahon, died suddenly last Friday, 15th November. She was 80.

That’s her in the photo above with my late Dad at Butlin’s Mosney in 1964. Regular visitors to Brand New Retro will know that this photo was used as our main banner for over 2 years until it was recently replaced by, in her words, “some new fancy logo thing”.

Patricia supplied loads of source material for Brand New Retro. Just last week we scanned and published her Butlin’s Souvenir Progamme from our 1965 family holiday in Mosney. She enjoyed that her collection of old magazines, many of which she had held onto for decades, was now being put to good use.

Her contribution towards Brand New Retro is just one of many things for which she will be very sadly missed.

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  1. Sorry for your loss. Recently lost my own mother – the big gap in your life will be filled with all the happy memories.

    1. Many thanks Paul. Happy Memories indeed.

  2. I’m very saddened to hear of your loss Doug. May she rest in peace. Pete

    1. Thanks Peter.

  3. RIP Doug, this blog has brought me so many happy memories, all starting with that lovely photo at the top of the page which brought back exactly the same memories of my time in Butlins. I hope your mum got great pleasure out of seeing it all brought back to life over the past few years. Thanks to you for starting it and hope you will feel motivated to keep it going.


    1. Thanks John, very kind of you.

  4. So sorry to hear of the death of your mam .You are in our thoughts

  5. So sorry to hear that Brian, just noticed your post. Her memory lives on in your great work. I’m sure she is very proud of you, as you are of her obviously. I will be thinking of you all at this time. Deirdre J. down the road.

    1. Thanks Deirdre. She was :-). Talk soon.

  6. Doug, my sympathy at this damn difficult time. The good memories will help when it gets tough. Take care.

    1. I will Peter, Thank you.

  7. I’m very sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful looking woman, and sounds like she was a wonderful mother too.

    1. Zoe, very nice of you. Thank you. .

  8. Sorry for your troubles Brian. Condolences on the passing of your mother. My own went just a year ago, Jimmy

  9. Very very sorry for your loss, I always thought it was a very nice photo

  10. Hi Mike. Thank you.

  11. Doug,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Glad to hear She enjoyed this Blog (as lots of others do). I must admit that I’m a fan of the new fancy logo thing!

    1. Thanks Micky. That made me smile.

  12. Sorry to hear the sad news. Her memories will live on,and your sharing them,awakens happy ones for all who visit here.

    1. That’s lovely Jude. Thank you.


  14. So sorry to hear of your sad loss. I often wondered who the gorgeous lady was in that wonderful photograph. I love your posts – they’re a little ray of sunshine in my inbox, and it’s lovely to know you used so much of her own personal archive of material for Brand New Retro. May she rest in peace. Best wishes, Susan

    1. That’s so sweet Susan. Thank you.

  15. My most sincere condolences Dougie.. sad, very sad indeed.

    1. Thanks Michael.

  16. A lovely and fitting tribute ‘Dougie’. Mum would have approved. xxNiamh

  17. Sorry for your loss.

    Rest assured that your mothers collection has brought a smile to the face of many people. I left ireland 3 years ago and always look forward to a new posting on the site.

    1. Thanks for that Craig.

  18. Very sorry to hear your news Dougie. Please pass on my condolences to your family.
    It’s a great thing you’re doing. I’m sure she’d be very proud.

  19. Very kind Enda, thank you.

  20. Sorry to hear this, you have created a wonderful resource here together!

  21. Doug, my sympathy at this difficult time, What can be said, the photo and the blog brings back so many memories, RIP to your mum, Slan.

    1. Thanks very much Gerry.

  22. Really sorry to hear your sad news. Catch up soon. Tom G.

    1. Thank you very much Tom.

  23. Very sorry to hear about that, dubdoug, and especially that it was sudden. May she rest in peace.

    1. Thanks very much JayKay. Lovely to hear from you. Have a great 2014!

  24. Belated condolences Doug, haven’t visited for a while so first I heard of it. Just dropped in to wish you happy new year too!

  25. Thanks Brian, Happy New Year to you and yours.

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