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Listening to the radio in Cornwall

by cornwallcsv

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cornwallcsv
People in story: 
Harry Pilgrim
Location of story: 
Falmouth Cornwall
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A3995986
Contributed on: 
03 May 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War website by Nina Davey on behalf of Harry Pilgrim the author, and has been added to the site with his permission. the author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

A battery powered radio was our main source of entertainment and news during the war, with ITMA (“It’s that man again”) the unmissable favorite. Reception in Cornwall was never very good, especially at nighttime. Transmitters would be randomly switched to avoid their being used for the guidance of enemy aircraft. Initially Cinemas were closed because of the risk of so many being killed by one bomb. This order was soon relaxed when it was realized their importance in maintaining public moral. Torch batteries were always, ‘under the counter’, especially the popular No. 8. 120 volt high tension and grid bias batteries were always available. It was vital that as many as possible could listen to their radios.

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