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A Satin Wedding Dress

by Back2Backs

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Kathleen Hughes nee Watkins
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24 March 2005

This story was told to me at the Birmingham Back to Backs by Kathleeen, who lived and worked in Birmingham during the war.

"I wouldn't go into the cellar or the Anderson shelter when there was an air-raid, I stayed in bed. I always said 'If I've got to go, I want to go in bed'. I remember on one occasion being at the pictures when the siren went, and so went into a nearby church shelter. That shelter was bombed the following night, so I decided not to go in any more shelters. I was never frightened - I do more worrying now!

I worked at Lucas making machine guns and dynamos for tanks; I did nights for four years. I had started at Lucas before the war so I wasn't called up.

I got married in 1945, when my husband could get leave. I was determined to have a white wedding, and my husband brought the material from Africa - satin for me and the four bridesmaids. This was unusual as many people had plain clothes for their wedding outfit, or even parachute material.

I remember the Salvation army did a great deal of good, meeting young soldiers at the railway station. They gave a lot of comfort to the young boys who were going away and were very frightened.

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