- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Cyril Creswell
- Location of story:
- High Wycombe
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 09 December 2005
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Graham Lewis for Three Counties Action on behalf of Mr Cyril Creswell and has been added to the site with his permission. Mr Creswell fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.
At the start of the war I was a young lorry driver working for a transport company in High Wycombe. Furniture manufacturing is an important industry in High Wycombe and of course it was much more important then. Hence, I often delivered consignments of furniture and went to places all over the country with it.
A few days after the city of Coventry was very heavily bombed in what was one of the worst air raids on this country I took some furniture there. I had to deliver two dozen chairs to a Coventry shop. It was in a mess after being hit and I thought it would be impossible for any business to be done there for some time. But no — the shopkeeper said, “I’ll put them outside on the pavement and I’ll sell them before the day is out. A lot of people have nothing left to sit on and will be wanting them.”
My conclusion from this was that there is always a need for the things of ordinary life and means must be found for ordinary life to carry on whatever happens. In the devastation of Coventry, simple chairs would be needed.
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