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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Vi Foard, Mr Shatwell
Location of story: 
Hove
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4143971
Contributed on: 
02 June 2005

Towards end of war our colonies were able to send food. Like fruit etc. I had cousins in Australia. They sent every year in November large wooden boxes. Wire fastening you had to get pliers to open. Mr Shatwell next door opened them. Packed with all sorts of dried fruit. Raisins, currants, peaches, apples, pears, nectarines, apricots etc in greaseproof bags. We sat at our kitchen table sharing them out into bags and giving to friends and my aunt so they could make their Christmas cakes or puddings. Mum was like me, we always shared. Then awhile afterwards, Mum went to collect tins of fruit from Town Hall around Christmas from our colonies. How different then to people of today.

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Sue Craig from MyBrightonandHove on behalf of Vi Foard and has been added to the site with her permission. Vi fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

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