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Pig Bins

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Gerry Rudge
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Smethwick, Birmingham
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08 July 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Anastasia Travers from WM CSV Action Desk on behalf of Gerry Rudge and has been added to the site with her permission. Gerry Rudge fully understands the sites terms and conditions.

I can remember putting the flag up with my dad and the party we had for V.E. day. I was 4 years old. I remember putting all our potatoe peels and rubbish into the community pig bin. I remember ration books which lasted for years afterwards. I remember the air raid shelters, we used to play in them (but that might have been after the war, I’m not sure!)

My dad was in the Home Guard and my mother was a midwife. I remember her telling me about how used to deliver babies by candle light under the dinner table during the air raids.

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