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CSV Action Desk Leicester
People in story: 
BERYLE PARKER
Location of story: 
LEICESTER
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5103668
Contributed on: 
16 August 2005

I was minded during the war, my Mother did War Work. She worked in engineering but we were not told precisely, probably because of the need for secrecy and the favourite saying of this period was’ Walls Have Ears’.

The lady I stayed with had six children and we always had to have stodgy puddings before we had dinner. It would fill our stomachs up before dinner, because of the shortages of other foods during this dark period of our history.

I must have been about 7 or 8 years old and it was pancake day and of course with having to do all six children’s pancakes we were late getting out to the Roxy Cinema that was opening that day and it was free for us all on that day.

The cinema was so full that we had to sit at the front on the floor looking up at the giant screen. Through this uncomfortable position and having to endure this dis-orientation I was sick all over the new floor and carpet. Whatever the colour of the carpet it certainly changed after. The Roxy is now closed in the year 2005 and speculation is that it might be an Health Centre.

This story was submitted to the “Peoples War Site by Rod Aldwinckle of the CSV Action Desk on behalf of BERYLE PARKER and has been added to the site with HER permission. The author fully understands the terms and conditions of the site.

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