Teaching & youth drama
Ruth was back acting with the Howard and Wyndham Company in Scotland When the twins were aged about one so they attended a day nursery and it was from there that her parents-in-law, concerned about the upbringing of their granddaughters, planned an abduction which Ruth thwarted. Ruth later decided to educate the girls at home. It meant she had to have a timetable and be inspected every term. She always taught in French on inspection day but her great love was history. The twins obtained some GCE's but never really had much of an opportunity to mix socially with their peers except through Ruth’s drama school.
Ruth was involved in the West Riding Youth Drama Group, where she fostered the acting careers of Patrick Stewart and Brian Blessed – they remained life-long friends - amongst others. She also lectured in drama and English at Lady Mabel College. She had a temporary contract which the college wanted to replace by a permanent contract but she failed the medical due to her very high blood pressure. When illness subsequently forced her to leave the stage she again taught drama at youth clubs and also at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
In the war Ian was a member of the group guarding the king, in case of invasion. As an anti-tank officer he went in with the first wave on D-Day. He was one of few to survive when an air bomb fell on officers being briefed though he was injured. During the war, Ruth and the twins lived at Trafalgar House in Wiltshire for a while. This was one of the periods when Ruth put on considerable weight but she could lose weight very easily and she was normally very slim and attractive. Like her brother she was very short.