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Plymouth in Ruins by Wendy Munro

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Wendy Munro
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Plymouth
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Civilian
Article ID: 
A2747883
Contributed on: 
15 June 2004

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Alison Stewart of CSV Media on behalf of Wendy Munro and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

In Plymouth, there was a Dingles Department store that must have been flattened in the bombing. When I visited it as a small child I remember the shop was in a Nissen hut. The entrance was up a path with rubble on either side, and the rubble had been painted white, I suppose to show people where to walk. Inside the shop, I vaguely remember tables with everything laid out.

We then visited Plymouth Hoe, and looking over Plymouth Sound, all the ships were under barrage balloons so that planes couldn’t get low enough to bomb them.

I remember the celebrations for VE day — we had a party in the car park of the local pub. We had tables covered in cake, buns and blancmange, and afterwards, we danced in a long line, doing the Cornish floral dance all around the streets. I was about four and a half years old.

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