Dear Old Pal

I bought this postcard from a car boot but I can’t remember which one. It has taken some deciphering with help from my Mum. The message on the reverse is long, with very little punctuation. Some, but not all of it makes sense!

It is post marked Bishops Castle (in Shropshire, England near where I live) 6.45pm Sept 11 1911. It is addressed to A.Benbow Police Station, Burslem, Stoke on Trent. The flower show mentioned must be the Shrewsbury flower show which has been running for over a century.

Dear Old pal, hoping these few lines will find you well as it leaves me alright at present and also thanking you for good food think it is a good one of you it looks a smart chap but if they knew him as well as I do they would know a bit too much of him. I have not seen old Lil for a long time not since the coronation I never saw you at the flower show when you come again the Parson will be here there’s one thing if we don’t hear much up to BG he will hear plenty her it is getting more likes if every day are you next week for water for there is none here a drop in at the public where there will always wants. What say you I did not your name at the sports at 8 yours I don’t think.