Interview with Grandma
By Nicholas, aged 7
Q1: How old were you when World War II started?
I was born in 1937 so I was 2 years old.
Q2: How did you celebrate your birthday when you were young?
Sometimes I had 1 or 2 friends to tea. All food was on ration, therefore a family couldnít have a very big party as the food wasnít available, nor could parents afford a lot. If we were lucky we had jelly and blancmange and jam or paste sandwiches. I donít remember having a birthday cake with candles.
Q3: Did you go on holiday during the war?
I was taken on holiday when I was 2 years old but I didnít have a holiday after that until I was about 9 or 10.
Q4: Can you remember your first day at school?
I started school when I was five. I can still remember what I was wearing, it was a red tartan skirt and a red jumper. There was no school uniform as clothes were also hard to buy.
Q5: What do you remember about your first year at school?
We used to have a rest on little beds after lunch for the first year. The classroom had steps right across it so the desks were in tiers. It was easy to see the teacher who always taught from the front of the room. We didnít have as many books as you do now, as books were also in short supply. Everybody used to walk to and from school with friends then, no mothers ever came with us. There was always a policeman at any main road to see us across. It took about Ĺ hour each way.
Q6: What were you doing when the war ended?
The war ended in May 1945 when I was 8. I remember going up to London with my Dad and my sister Jean. We went on a tram along the Embankment and then I saw fireworks for the first time in my life. There were so many people dancing in the streets that the tram had to stop. We eventually decided to get off the tram and took a bus back home. It took a very long time but we had a wonderful day.