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The Dance Hall Bomb

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Contributed by 
cambsaction
People in story: 
Mrs Wyn Whiddington
Location of story: 
Palmers Green, London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5807847
Contributed on: 
19 September 2005

The Dance Hall Bomb

Early in the war I was 16 and I went with friends to a dance in Palmers Green, London.

The dance hall was packed, filling the upstairs of the building. Absolutely packed out. My friends and I sat out because we couldn’t do that dance. Everyone was dancing on the floor at the time.

There was a big draught of wind, you don’t hear anything. That was when the bomb dropped. Everything went dark.

We had to be pulled out of the rubble. The whole floor was gone, empty, not a soul on it. Nobody.

Also a bus was hit outside as well at the same time. It was like daylight, the fire was so bright in the blackout.

I wasn’t frightened in the war until the rockets started coming over. They came at the end of the war, after the Doodlebug. You can’t hear them coming. One hit the factory during the night. It was lucky it was the night. It was absolutely flattened. That was Edmonton, London. If that had dropped in the daytime there would have been hundreds killed there. The factory was called Dunlops, they made army uniforms.

This story was submitted to the People’s War website by Frances Harris of the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Story Gatherer Team on behalf of Mrs Wyn Whiddington, and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

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