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Filling Sandbags with the Firemen

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

Contributed by 
BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Margaret Nevitt
Location of story: 
Brighton
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
Article ID: 
A4035511
Contributed on: 
09 May 2005

I worked in munitions in the war and I remember on the first day war broke out I went to the local fire station in Brighton to fill sandbags with all the young firemen. I was in my late teens and we had a wonderful time.

It was quite frightening when the doodlebugs came over and everywhere I went my gas mask went with me.

There were eight of us in the shelter I used and it was quite crowded as we all had to go up the end. There was one toilet for us all I remember.

I was petrified in the blackout and I clearly remember my mother shining a torch up at the clock on the top of the Duke of York's Cinema to find out the time and the warden shouting "Put that light out."

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Amanda Wilkins on behalf of Margaret Nevitt with her permission.Margaret fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

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