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Tea tasting in Shoreditch

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13 July 2005

"This story was submitted to the People's war site by Wendy Edwards from Horsham Library and has been added to the website on behalf of Mrs Dorothy Wannell (nee Evans) with her permission and she fully understands the site's terms and conditions".

At the outbreak of war I was a teenager living in East Ham, London, and I remember that the docks were a target for German bombers. As I was only 14, I was evacuated to Kidlington in Oxfordshire where I stayed with a family and went to a local school. After 18 months I returned to East Ham and at the age of 17 I went to work for Brooke Bond in Shoreditch. I was a clerical assistant for one of the directors and I vividly remember that at lunchtime we listened to the radio. Winston Churchill broadcast many messages which kept our spirits up and we would all stand up in the office and cheer "Good old Winnie".
There used to be little bowls lined up for tea tasting and my boss often asked my opinion about the different blends of tea. To this day I enjoy a cup of tea and always buy that same brand!

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