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Contributed by 
ateamwar
People in story: 
Margaret Hunt
Location of story: 
Liverpool
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5133278
Contributed on: 
17 August 2005

This story appears courtesy of and with thanks to The Liverpool Diocesan Care and Repair Association and James Taylor

Margaret Hunt speaks of the time when her mother took her son to Wales:-

My father was away at war as well as my husband. I took care of the shop while my father was away.

Did anybody help you with the shop?

No, I was on my own.

Did you manage all right?

I had to didn’t I. I would get in the car and go to the wholesalers for the groceries which were needed for the shop.

What do you remember about the air raids?

When an air raid would be on I didn’t stop to go into the shelter; I would go into the cellar below the shop.

How long did the air raids last up to?

Sometimes they lasted up to about four hours.

What did you do in the cellar to pass the time away?

I would knit to pass the time away. It was better when there was other people down there with you because you can talk to pass the time away. One time I remember there was about six people in the shop when the siren went off and they came down in the cellar with me.

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