David Robbins: At Easter, I say a prayer for Fr Joe. . . and camel-hair coats
Easter is associated in our family lore, not with Christ's Passion, or even the Resurrection, but with a pair of camel-hair coats. You don't hear much about camel hair these days, but when myself and my brother were at the psychologically vulnerable age of 10 or 11, the 'Ship of the Desert' look was all the rage.
My mother thought that we looked so smart dressed in our matching coats. (She also liked it when we sang Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris). But we hated them.
They had brown leather buttons up the front and belts at the waist.