Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Lucky to Be Here ; Viewpoints

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'm Lucky to Be Here ; Viewpoints

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AT this time of year I think back to Christmas 1940 and the Manchester blitz, and realise that could have been my last Christmas. When the war started we lived in Bedford Street, Hulme, and Dad had joined the RASC as a dispatch rider.

We waved a tearful goodbye to him at the No.47 bus stop on City Road. During air raids Mam, Ronald, baby Bill and I used to shelter under a table when the sirens went off.

Many times Auntie Kitty was with us.

Later we sheltered under the cellar steps - cold and miserable. As Christmas and the blitz approached, we used a shelter in a basement on the corner of City Road and Great Jackson Street. I remember a Christmas party and another night, after the all clear, Mam, Auntie Kitty and I went upstairs to Great Jackson Street and the night sky was filled with a red glow. …

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