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by Wymondham Learning Centre

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Wymondham Learning Centre
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Sheilah Lubbock
Location of story: 
Beeston, Notts
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18 March 2005

This story was submitted to the BBC People’s War site by Wymondham Learning Centre About links on behalf of Sheilah Lubbock and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

We lived next door to the Chilwell ammunition depot so were always expecting raids. We spent at least two nights a week in a shelter in the garden. My mother had a siren suit which she wore to look ‘respectable’ in the shelter.
I learned to knit and in the shelter I thought ‘I must finish the next row before the German ‘planes come.’ I was not frightened in the shelter but always felt fearful when we left the shelter in case our house had been blown up. It remained safe throughout the war and hot tea and my own bed were always there after a night in the shelter.
Aged eleven in 1945 I changed schools and went to Nottingham High School for Girls. We were not allowed in the basement and discovered that the Army had requisitioned the school earlier and munitions still remained stored beneath us.
Norfolk Connection:
I later married a Norfolk man. My mother-in-law told me that her daughter was already at teacher training college in the war. The family lived at Cromer and were very worried about her. The glow of the fires after raids on Norwich could be seen from Cromer.

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