Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

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18 Autumn 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine Wake Forest; a British Expats Meetup group in this region tallies 354 members, some of whom just attended a session on — what else? — proper etiquette and good manners; and there are any number of copies of †e Great British Bake O‰ Big Book of Baking to be had at bookstores. †ey all — these Brits — left the world of Mr. Bean, Downton Abbey, and †e Vicar of Dibley to come to America. "I had to give up my favorite British soap opera," Dana Crawford said of "Coronation Street," the long-running soap so popular that it once featured Prince Charles in a cameo. Even back in the United Kingdom, launching pad for the British music invasion of the Sixties, however, there apparently was a penchant for American music fare, in par- ticular one band that performed often in London. "Go on," said her spouse, James Sim- mons, "you have to say "Goo Goo Dolls." Dana Crawford and her husband arrived with their toddler daughter, Clara, just this year, trading in a 700-square-foot žat in London for a sizable single-family home in the sprawling Traditions community in Wake Forest. "It was cozy," she said of the žat. "†ey had no dryer," Marilyn Crawford, the "mum," said of a nation where there's an inclination to use an energy-e¢cient breeze to £nish o‰ the wash. "†e biggest change is having to drive," daughter Dana Crawford said. "It's been a big adjustment driving everywhere." †e British accent has followed Dana Crawford (she's a £nancial controller) and James Simmons (he's a schoolteacher) to these shores. "I get quite a lot (of notice) when I go shopping," he said. "When I went to get petrol (the widely used Brit synonym for gasoline), the lady said, 'Can you talk to me all day?'" †e allure of the dialect extends to Simmons' £rst-grade classroom charges in Youngsville. "†e children like it especially." Dana Crawford followed by 18 years the arrival of her stepdad, Louis Mullinger, a now retired £nancial adviser, one-time Wake Forest Citizen of the Year, and a gent who, by nature of being a "freeman" allowed in medieval times to carry on a trade, was a‰orded the honor in 2014 of driving a herd of sheep across London Bridge. "I didn't know a single solitary soul with- in 3,000 miles," said the London-born Mullinger of his arrival in the States. Today, Mullinger and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Wake Forest, a locale chosen because it's not as cold as up north or hot as further south, he said. "We're in the goldilocks zone in the middle," he said. "I just loved it straight-away." Unlike some, Mullinger said, they no longer mark Guy Fawkes Day. "We did have a big party for the Queen's Jubilee, but really, we've become Americanized." Not so much for Anna Russell, who with her husband, Gary, team up with an expat couple for Guy Fawkes Day and who carry Continued on Page 20 kk COURTESY OF LISA OATFIELD FRANKLIN (YVMRK;SVPH;EV--]SYRK&VMXMWLVIJYKIIW7YWER3EX½IPHPIJX [MXLLIV%QIVMGERLSWX0(7QEVXERHLIVFVSXLIV.SLR3EX½IPH[MXLLMWLSWX Don Johnson of the Wake Forest's Royall Cotton Mill. PHILIP M. READ 0MWE3EX½IPH*VEROPMR[MXLEJEQMP] scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of her British father's boyhood days in Wake Forest as a child refugee from London during the German blitzrieg. PHILIP M. READ %X1MGLEIP´W)RKPMWL1YJ½RWMR6EPIMKL Annabelle Comisar readies the day's latest batch for her customers. ,IVWLSTHIWGVMFIWXLIQYJ½RWEWXLI ±HI½RMXMSRSJGSQJSVXJSSH²

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