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- 26 October 2005
This story was submitted by Alan Welsh, a Radio Cumbria volunteer, on behalf of Gladys Fryer and has been added to the site with her permission.
Gladys, now 101, was 35 when the Second World War started. During the war, she lived in Fenham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with her husband, son and daughter. Her husband managed a Co-op store in Newcastle and her children were both at school.
Gladys recalls that one of her neighbours kept ferrets in his garden. He used them when hunting rabbits with his shotgun. Gladys’ family were very grateful, as the neighbour would share the rabbits he shot with them. Gladys says this was very welcome during rationing that as, for example, the bacon ration for the week was only 2 ounces (60g)!
Newcastle was bombed frequently during the war. During one raid, whilst Gladys and her family were in the shelter in their garden, their house was hit by a bomb and destroyed.
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