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A Londoner's Experience

by Radio_Northampton

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Radio_Northampton
People in story: 
Margaret York
Location of story: 
London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A7823045
Contributed on: 
16 December 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Katherine Hobart, a volunteer from BBC Radio Northampton on behalf of Margaret York and has been added to the site with her permission. Margaret York fully understands the sites terms and conditions.

I lived in London during the War. I can remember food was very short but we managed. We lined up for oranges, we never saw bananas and meat was rationed. If word got round there were apples there would be queues. We had one egg a week and filled up on potatoes and bread. I would make fairy cakes with liquid paraffin as there was no margarine. I did a lot of cooking.

Bombing was frightening. One night we had a bad experience, we didnt hear it coming and a land mine exploded near by, it shook us badly. There were also 'Buzz Bombs' which were tiny aeroplanes which made a buzzing noise.

My father was in the London Fire Brigade, he was in the Docks during the raids and was injured so he had to leave the Brigade.

There was little entertainment so we either stayed in and listened to the radio or went to the cinema or theatre. Clothes were rationed, we had to save up points and make our own. I got married in 1942. We had to get a special licence and we couldn't get a cake.

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