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Contributed by 
BBC Radio Norfolk Action Desk
People in story: 
Gordon Thomas
Location of story: 
Birmingham Central
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4463859
Contributed on: 
15 July 2005

This contribution was provided at an event attended by BBC Radio Norfolk. The story has been submitted to the website with the permission and on behalf of Mr. Gordon Thomas____________________ I was 5 years of age in 1940 when The Blitz took place in Birmingham. My family lived in Rutland Terrace, off Crabtree Road. There was a row of twelve terrace houses and my parents Mr and Mrs Thomas lived at No.12.
All the houses had cellars which were used as air raid shelters, but the residents of the street decided to knock down the walls in between each cellar. This was so if a bomb did drop no one family would be trapped in their own cellar with no means of escape.
To this day I have wondered whether in Rutland Terrace, Birmingham Central there is still what could be best described as an underground passage? I would be interested to find out if anybody knows the answer.

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