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Soho Road, Handsworth on Fire

by Severn Valley Railway

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Severn Valley Railway
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Jean Parks
Location of story: 
Handsworth, Birmingham
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18 April 2005

During 1941 there were regular bombing raids on Handsworth in Birmingham — it was horrible, We sometimes had to stay in the cold in cellar all night when the raids were going on. On two occasions we had to evacuate our home because there were unexploded bombs.
During one raid my boyfriend came to take me to his house — a Molotov cocktail bomb had set all shops on fire along the Soho Road. It was terrible.
I have some good memories too because I met my husband in Handsworth Park — it was a wonderful and peaceful place.

(This story was submitted to the People's War site by a volunteer from Wyre Forest Volunteer Bureau on behalf of Jean Parks and has been added to this site with her permission. Jean Parks fully understands the site's terms and conditions.)

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