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Věra Hykšová celebrates centenary

Věra Hykšová, Czech émigré who has lived in London since 1951, celebrates her 100th birthday on 21 March. On this special occasion she shares her memories with journalist David Vaughan and her daughter and granddaugher in an interview for Radio Prague.

 

 

“THE ENGLISH DON’T DO IT THAT WAY”: THREE GENERATIONS OF A PRAGUE FAMILY IN LONDON
David Vaughan, Radio Prague, 16 March 2019


Věra Hykšová was born on March 21st 1919. She graduated from Realness Gymnazium in Praha 2 with a baccalaureate in 1938 and studied Business German. She would have continued her education but the Nazis closed universities in Czechoslovakia, so she got a job at the Skoda factory, where she worked during WWII with her fiance, Bohuslav Hykš. They married in the 1944 and Bobík as he was known, quickly finished his law degree. 

In 1949 she and Bobík emigrated to Antwerp to escape the Communists. Thanks to Bobík's tennis career, he was soon invited to Paris to play doubles at Roland Garros. Věra went with him and they stayed in Paris for two years before moving to London in 1951 when Bobík was invited to play at Wimbledon. Shortly after their daughter Veronika was born. They settled in Richmond in 1959 after living in Crouch Hill and Hampstead and Věra's mother joined them from Prague. Věra did a number of jobs including setting up her own children's clothes business before becoming an international tour guide for Lyons tours taking tourists all over the world. She eventually retired in 1985 to help look after her new-born granddaughter Natasha and teach her Czech!


 

Special thanks to Natasha Dyer, Veronika Hyks and David Vaughan.