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- People in story:
- Reg Lavine
- Location of story:
- Castleford, West Yorkshire
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- 17 June 2004
One of my earliest memories of life in York Street is of a commotion outside with a lot of people including the Chief Air Raid officer who was shepherding people away from an unidentified object which when oncovered turned out to be kipper bones that my mother had thrown out for the cat. A report of this appeared in the Yorkshire Evening News the next day.
Coming through Tittlecok Bridge and the sirens going and a policeman coming up and telling us to get home as quickly as possible.
I only once had to get up once during the night to go into the shelter under the market hall. I also remember having to tape the windows in case of bomb damage.
At the Boys Modern in Pontefract Road we had gas mask practice and they smelt.
When bombs did drop on Castleford we went to view the damage in Ambler Street.
My older brother Henry was an air raid warden and I remember him going out in his uniform and their headquarters was just off Bridge Street possibly in Mitchell's Yard.
Now at the age of 74 I am now registered as Town Crier for Castleford. This post has been revived after a break of about a 100 years to raise the profile of the town.
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