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BBC Open Centre, Lancashire
People in story: 
Bill Swainbank
Location of story: 
Liverpool
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A2942255
Contributed on: 
24 August 2004

During the war, everyone had to ensure that no lights were visible through house windows. All house windows in our street had thick curtains of a black material, which were drawn as soon as it got dark and house lights were put on.We were told that German bombers could see a light showing from a great height, and they would then drop some bombs. The streets of Liverpool were patrolled throughout the night by Air Raid Wardens, mostly men too old for active service. One night the Warden hammered on our front door. "Put that light out!" a voice yelled. My dad went to the door and protested that we were not showing any lights . There followed a heated argument, until the Warden said "Come across the road a see for yourself!" From across the street a bright light showed in a bedroom window, but as my father pointed out, it was a reflection of the full moon!

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