My mummy’s birthday


A young Claire with her family I had the most wonderful experience last week and thought I'd share it with you.

It was my mummy's birthday and she came to stay, bringing with her a special present from my brother Neil. Neil had taken a small piece of cine footage and had it converted onto DVD! 

It dated back from… well, let's just say we worked out I was 6, Neil was 8 and my eldest brother Mark was 10. So a little while ago! 

It was fabulous to see my mummy younger then than I am now, flirting outrageously with the camera and looking amazing in a bikini. 

Plus, the utter joy of seeing my Daddy 'come to life' was incredible. He died when I was 13-years-old so it was emotional but incredible! To see his moving image, his face, mouth and eyes so like mine, and to be able to share him with my own children was so very, very special.

We can't wait to transfer all the other footage. I just wish there was sound, but hey, you can't always have it all. I was just grateful to have that!

I'll be in touch soon.

Love Claire


  1. Caroline Hookway November 18, 2008 at 1:55 am -  Reply

    What a lovely story. I am so pleased that your Mummy’s birthday was so special. This year my own Mum had some old cine films converted to dvd from her and my Dad’s wedding day (46 years ago) and my brother’s christening (45 years ago). We have so many more yet tbe converted. Memories are so precious and although some come with sadness the overwhelming feelings are of joy.
    Love Caroline xx

  2. Gillian Worrall November 19, 2008 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful idea of Neil’s,it sounds like your Mom had a lovely birthday!!
    Just seeing the photograph of the “Sutton family” altogether has brought back soo…. many childhood
    memories,especially of your beautiful Mummy and Daddy.
    Lots of love
    Gill xxx

  3. Elizabeth November 22, 2008 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    I would just like to say that i have just read about your dad being “brought to life” on film, and it made me cry! It sounded so lovely and from the heart. My dad died 12 years ago now but i still dont think i could watch him on film. It would upset me to much. xx

  4. Pamela Boddy February 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire I met you at the Gem day in Sep the elderley lady I ended up ordering the Morganite ring a few days later and rang in to speak to you. from Merseyside . I have My late Mother and Father on my wedding video taken 48 years ago this June, my father died eight months later I look at it every year on our anniversary its like you can reach out and touch them a lovely memory.I often wonder what my Mum would say if she saw all my boxes of QVC jewellery!!Love Pamelaxx

  5. Denise Cole November 5, 2009 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    loved the show last night you looked fab…Where did you get your top from? Luv Denise

  6. Jane Braddick December 2, 2009 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I love the nail varnish you were wearing today please please please can you tell me which make and colour it is (it was a taupe colour ) many thank Jane x
    ps I love watching your shows ! lol

  7. Hetty Morrison September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    HI Clair, loved the top you were wearing last night gold coloured one i have a special occasion coming up and would love to get hold of that top.

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