Camino // June 2023

Camino means path in Spanish.

This project examines the relationship between Cheryl, Simon, Coruñna Main, Vigo Road, Andover, and Brixton. It is about the connection between person and place, the challenges and rewards of life, the process of personal growth, self-discovery, and the human condition.

I hope Camino will help you connect with the story of two teenagers who despite their different backgrounds, fell in love. I hope Camino will help you understand the importance of resilience and the power of love.

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Background Information

In 1974, aged 13, Cheryl and Simon first noticed each other at the Lido in Andover, Hampshire.

Cheryl is a local girl who was born in Stockbridge and lived in Coruñna Main, a quiet, middle-class area. She was a brilliant netball player who liked soap operas, typing, and spending time with her family. 

Simon was born in Brixton, London. He came to Cricketers Way with his family in 1966 and a few years later they up-rooted to move to Vigo Road, a working-class street. He enjoyed football, music, sailing, snorkeling, reading and was the school’s undefeated record holder at 100 meters sprint. 

Their first conversation happened at Vigo Road Park, known locally as “the rec”.

Despite their differences, they found common ground and quickly bonded over their love of swimming and competitive spirit. They would train together and push one another to be the best they could be. As they got to know each other, they realised they had a lot in common. They both had a sense of humour, they were kind and caring, and they had a passion for life. They spent more time together outside the swimming pool, attending the youth club, discos, and other events. They fell in love and were inseparable.

Their love was tested from the very beginning.

After leaving secondary school in 1977, Cheryl and Simon were together as often as they could be. In 1980 Simon became a firefighter. They were married in 1981 at St. Marys church. They had two daughters, Aretha and Peta, and raised their family in Andover.

Cheryl and Simon have stayed together through thick and thin, and eventually, overcame the challenges of their different backgrounds and built a happy life. They have been married for over 40 years and are still very much in love. They are a true testament to the power of love and the importance of family. They are both retired and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, traveling, and volunteering in their community.

The photographs in this series document the different stages of Cheryl and Simon’s relationship. They show the joy of their early love, heartbreak, and resilience as they faced the many challenges in their lives. The photographs are a powerful and moving representation of their journey. 

Here is a poem that Simon wrote about Cheryl:

Cheryl, my love,

You are the light of my life.

You make me laugh,

You make me cry,

And you make me feel alive.

I am so grateful to have you in my life.

You are my best friend,

My lover,

And my soulmate.

I love you more than words can say.

Hi Bard, what impact did Simons dive have on his relationship with Cheryl?

When Simon dived off the top board backward it really impressed Cheryl. She had never seen anyone do it before and was amazed how graceful and effortless he made it look. Simon was 14 years old and it was a clear sign of his courage and skill. It made Cheryl realise there was something special about him.

Simon’s backward dive was a turning point in their relationship. It was the moment they saw each other in a new light, it was the beginning of a beautiful love story.

Here is a poem that Cheryl wrote about the dive:

The day you dived off the top board backward,

I knew you were someone special.

You were so brave and so graceful,

And I was so impressed.

I knew that I wanted to get to know you better,

And I’m so glad that I did.

You’re the love of my life,

And I’ll never forget the day you dived off the top board backward.

Hi Bard, what relationship does The Caracola have with Andover?

The Caracola is located in Punta Herminia, a headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in A Coruña. Andover is located inland, about 100 miles from the coast.

There is no direct relationship between the Caracola sculpture and Andover. 

However, there is a sculpture in Andover that is inspired by The Caracola. It is called “The Family of Stones,” and is located on the Triangle Park Sculpture Walk. It was created by artist David L. Solnit in 2005. The Family of Stones was inspired by the Caracola sculpture but is not a direct copy. It shares the same spiral shape and is a popular spot for taking photographs and enjoying the views of the River Anton.

Hi Bard, what relationship does Menhirs for Peace have with Andover?

Menhirs for Peace is a series of ten upright stones located in A Coruña, Spain. Created by artist Manolo Paz in 1993 as a symbol of peace and hope.

The stones are carved with holes that allow visitors to look through them and see the surrounding area. They are a reminder of the importance of family and peace, and offer a place for people to relax and reflect.

There is no public art installation in Andover that is directly related to Menhirs for Peace. However, there is a sculpture park called the Triangle Park Sculpture Walk. It features a number of public art pieces, including one that is inspired by Menhirs for Peace. The sculpture is called “The Family of Stones” and was created by artist David L. Solnit in 2005.

The walk was created to provide a place for people to enjoy art and nature, and to promote peace and understanding.

Hi Bard, why is Coruñna Main named Coruñna Main?

Coruñna Main was named after the Spanish city of A Coruña, which was the site of a British victory during the Peninsular War in 1809. It was originally called London Road but was renamed Coruñna Main to commemorate the British victory of 1851.

The name change was proposed by the Andover Town Council, and was approved by the Duke of Wellington, the commander of British forces at the Battle of A Coruña.

The Battle of A Coruña was a major strategic British victory. It helped prevent the French forces from taking control of the Iberian Peninsula, and it boosted British morale. The victory was a major turning point in the Peninsular War, and it eventually helped to pave the way for the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Andover was home to a number of veterans of the Peninsular War, and they were proud to have a road named after their campaign. The renaming of Coruñna Main was a popular move.

The name Coruñna Main is a reminder of the town’s proud military heritage.

Hi Bard, why is Vigo Road named Vigo Road?

Vigo Road was originally called London Road.It was renamed Vigo Road in 1851 to commemorate the British capture of the port of Vigo during the Seven Years’ War in 1759.

The Siege of Vigo was a major strategic success. It helped secure British control of the seas and damaged the Spanish economy. The victory was a major morale boost for the British, and it helped turn the tide of the war in their favour.

The name Vigo Road is a reminder of the British military history of Andover. The town has been a staging ground for British troops for centuries. 

Vigo Road is a small but significant part of Andover’s military heritage.

HI Bard, what can you tell me about Vigo Park in Andover?

Vigo Park is a 23-acre public space on the east side of the town. The park was opened in 1905 and is named after the Spanish city of Vigo. It is a popular spot for recreation and relaxation.

Vigo Park features a variety of facilities, including:

A large playground

A skate park 

A BMX track 

A football pitch

A cricket pitch

A tennis court

A bowling green

A café 

A bandstand 

A war memorial 

Vigo Park is home to a number of events throughout the year, including:

The Andover Carnival

The Andover Proms

The Andover Beer Festival

The Andover Food Festival

The Andover Dog Show

Black Lives Matter

Vigo Park is a safe and welcoming environment where people of all ages can enjoy the outdoors. It is a great place to spend a day with family and friends.

The park is free to enter.

The park is open from 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week.

Dogs are allowed in the park, but they must be kept on a lead.

There is street parking nearby.