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Dance Hall Days

by derbycsv

Contributed by 
derbycsv
People in story: 
Peggy Wilson
Location of story: 
Wimbledon, London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4429811
Contributed on: 
11 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Louise Angell of the CSV Action Desk at BBC Radio Derby CSV on behalf of Peggy Wilson and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

One night during the war I was walking home from the cinema with my boyfriend. I was about 16 at the time. I looked up to the sky and thought I saw a shooting star but it turned out to be a rocket! It landed near us. I went out with an American and a Canadian soldier who I met at the dances at Wimbledon Town Hall. you'd get to know them and then they'd get sent off somewhere. Mostly they talked about their families back home. One night as I was coming home from the dancehall a piece of shrapnel hit me. I now realise how lucky i was not to be seriously injured. I lived near some docks and we used to watch german bombers coming up the Thames. We used to dread the moon coming ou as we knew they'd be over then. I had an uncle who was captured at Dunkirk and ended up in Colditz.

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