- Contributed by
- Stockport Libraries
- People in story:
- Olive Scholes
- Location of story:
- Warrington, Cheshire
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 28 April 2004
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Elizabeth Perez of Stockport Libraries on behalf of Olive Scholes and has been added to the site with her permission. She fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.
My very early memories of the war were when I saw the shelters at school near the playground being built. When the sirens started we all had to leave the classrooms in single file with the teachers and walk quickly to the shelters, and sit down and wait until the all-clear sounded. Those who lived near the school were allowed home as long as they had someone at home in the day-time.
At night-time, if the siren went in the early hours, our family went downstaris to the kitchen, where there was a double-bed mattress and bedclothes for us all to lie on together, near the back door of our house.
We were often afraid when we heard the German planes flying overhead, but no bombs were dropped in our area, except a landmine in the Manchester Ship Canal, when people's windows were broken with the blast.
We were lucky living just outside Warrington Cheshire, even though we often lost a lot of sleep through the air-raids, we were safe during the blackout time and my Father came safely home again after six years in the RAF.
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