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My Fortunate Childhood

by Glenn Miller Festival 2004

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Glenn Miller Festival 2004
People in story: 
George Bolden
Location of story: 
Letchworth, Herts
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08 September 2004

This story was submitted during the Glenn Miller Festival 2004. The author agrees to it’s inclusion on the website.

Whilst evacuation was meant to protect the children, Letchworth was only 30 miles from my home. During the war only 1 bomb was dropped there and this was on the outskirts; it was said that it was dropped to get rid of it on the way back to Germany.

I spent five happy year sin Letchworth, my foster parents treated me just like my own parents. I have been visiting them regularly since until about five years ago when they passed away. I will always remember them with great affection. During my early days there I remember helping to dig and erect a shelter. We all slept in this initially but as time progressed it was realised that Letchworth was not a troubled spot.

I can honestly say that Letchworth changed my life for the better. When I pass through it now, it brings back memories of making model airplanes out of balsa wood, the good years I spent in the Boy’s Brigade and my years at Letchworth Grammar School. I also remember listening to all the big bands such as Harry James, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Glenn Miller.

So many happy memories; so lucky to have been evacuated to Letchworth.

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