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by sparklingjosephine

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Robin Campbell Burgess
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Harleston, Norfolk
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03 November 2003

This is a rather unusual story from the war!

In 1945 my father was ten years old. He lived in Harleston, Norfolk.

At the end of the war the town had a big celebration on the local recreation ground. The highlight of the evening was the auction of a BLACK BANANA!

He said no one had ever seen a banana before, and he thinks it must have come from a soldier at one of the many American air bases in the area.

My dad remembered someone holding it in the air and everyone ooohing in amazement at the over-ripe banana. There were hundreds of people at the event. A real spectacle!

The winning bid was £5. He doesn't remember who bought it but they must have had a lot of money. To give you some idea of just how much £5 were in those days: in 1951 Dad landed his first job, in which he earned £2 a week. This was 6 years later!

Today we are very lucky.

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