The Goodall Family History

 Parents & Grandparents

Ian and Sheila, parents of Jennifer, Alan and Fiona, met at St Andrews University in 1966 and married in 1968.


Sheila & Ian Goodall

Katie, Sheila, Lucy & Ian at Jennifer & Kevin'sJennifer, Alan & Fiona's Mum and Dad met in January 1966 at a Friday night 'hop' which were held every weekend on the university campus. Ian had come to Queen's College, Dundee (then part of St Andrews University) in October 1965; Sheila had matriculated a year earlier. Although both the same age, Ian had taken a year out between school and university to do a pre-university apprenticeship with Automotive Products (at a wage of £2 12s 6d per week) in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

The close family at Ian & Sheila's wedding; Invercarse Hotel, DundeeMarried, at Dundee Registry Office, on 18th May 1968, the wedding reception was held, on a beautifully sunny day, at the Invercarse Hotel on the west side of Dundee; Adrian Gifford was best man. With Jennifer already born, and Alan shortly on the way, they needed all the help to survive the lack of space and money; both families - the Stewarts (Alf and Nan) in Balgowan Avenue, Dundee and the Goodalls (Bill and Moira) in Campsie Road, Broughty Ferry - were incredibly supportive throughout these tough and testing times.

The family's first property was a rented first floor two-roomed flat (with inside toilet!) at 40 Scott Street, Dundee. One abiding memory, in 1969, of the cramped, but modernised, flat is of the family (Jennifer, born May 1968; Alan, born June 1969) watching man's first moon landing (Apollo 11) on July 20th on their tiny flickering '405-lines' black & white TV.

Glencoe, 1976Oban, 197615 Coppice Avenue, Sale, CheshireIan took up an appointment with Procter & Gamble in Gosforth in 1970 and the family's first house, a 3-bedroomed modern semi-detached, was bought soon afterwards (120 Acomb Crescent, Gosforth) for £4200. Fiona, the 'baby' of the family, was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1971, completing the next generation. A brand new Wm Leech house, at a cost of £6700, on the outskirts of town (21 Farn Court, Kingston Park, Gosforth) was the family home until a move with Procter & Gamble to Manchester (15 Coppice Avenue, Sale) in 1977.

Toast to a wonderful experienceWe must stop meeting like thisIn water, on water; the Orient Express cruise linerA move back to Scotland became possible when Ian secured a senior position - which qualified him to eat in 'the trough' (now demolished; it was on the site of the new Scottish Parliament) - with Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in Edinburgh in 1977. North Berwick, on the east coast (Ian's upbringing on the Isle of Islay left him with a strong desire to be by the sea), was chosen as the place to live. A new 5-bedroomed under-construction house, then on the edge of the town but with a glimpse of the sea, was purchased (14 Ware Road) for £28,000 and the family moved in around the middle of 1978.

In 1990, with their children having flown the nest to University, Sheila Surrey snow on the Goodall's garden overlooking the river Weybought a Reflections and ducks on the river Wey in Surreyhouse in Godalming, Surrey and Ian bought a house (since sold) in the village of Shaldon on the river Teign estuary in Devon. Ian and Sheila live in a modern house, with its new conservatory overlooking the river, in Godalming on the banks of the river Wey and canal. They now have a new game to play - being doting grandparents to Katie and Lucy, Jennifer and Kevin's children, and Eilidh, Rosie and Jamie, Alan & Anne's children. Finding time to enjoy their share in the new French canal boat, Bon Viveur, and to fit in a visit to their rows of vines in France to stock up on essential supplies are something of a challenge!