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The Clydebank Blitz 2 - Through the eyes of my grandparents

by BBC Scotland

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Grandad Bill and Granny Pat
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Clydebank, Scotland
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16 December 2005

This story was submitted to the People's Warsite by Catherine Garvie, BBC LPM on behalf of Laura Ferrier from Kilbowie Primary School and has been added to the site with her grandparents permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

From the eyes of my Granny Pat.

1. Q. What were your immediate feelings when the sirens went off? A. "I was frightened, I waited to see if the guns went off"

2. Q. How old were you? A. "I was 7 when the war started and 9 when the Blitz in Clydebank happened".

3. Q. Did you lose anyone close? A."Not family but a lot of church and school friends"
Extra: "Kilmun Street was behind my Street and a land mine fell and killed a lot of people."

4. Q. Were you an evacuee? A. "No I wasn't"
Extra: "All my windows smashed in my house and we had to go and live at my uncles for a couple of weeks and we didn't have tape on our windows to keep it from doing what it had done!"

5. Q. How do you feel about it now? A. "I'm glad that there have not been any wars that have hurt Scotland and the UK!"

6. Q. Do you appreciate things more now if so what? A. "Yes because I was one of a big family and we didn't have a lot of money but now I am happy."

7. Q. What did you eat and drink (favourite and least favourite?) A. My favourite was mince and potatoes and my least favourite was rice pudding1"

8. Q. How did your parent's take care of you? A. "My mother was always in the house she didn't work. My father did work and I liked that my mother didn't work because I would always come home and dinner was ready on the table!"

9. Q. What happened about school? A. "Same as grandad. When Kilmun Street was bombed there was a school there and because of the bombs they had to come to our school. They would go in the morning and we would go in the afernoon or sometimes it was the other way around"

10. Q. Was it annoying going to bomb shelters and carrying your gas masks around? A. "You get used to carrying masks around. It was quite fun to go to the Air Raid shelter. We would sing about things and pray that the all clear would go later on than 1 or 2 so that we wouldn't have to go to school."

11. Q. Did it sink in or was it unreal? A. "Yes you knew what was happening. Being young it didn't bother you much. It was an adventure sometimes!"

12. Q. Where were you when the bombs hit? A. "In my house. We didn't have an air raid shelter so everyone in the tenement would go to mine!"

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