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Evacuated from Leeds to Ilkley - Lucy Fowler, Dorothy Threlfall

by Leeds Libraries

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Leeds Libraries
People in story: 
(Louie) Lucy Preston nee Fowler, Dorothy Williamson nee Threlfall
Location of story: 
West Yorkshire, Leeds and Ilkley
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29 September 2004

Louie Fowler, aged 13

Me and my friend Dorothy were evacuated from Brundnell RD School Friday 1st Sept 1939. I was a 12 year old school girl with my suitcase, gas mask and my name on a string around my neck. While we waited to get on the bus my mum started to cry as she thought we were going to Linconshire.
Miss Harrison the head mistress said,
“Don’t worry love we aren’t going far.”

We arrived in Ilkley and went into the Kings Hall we were given a brown paper carrier with goodies in. Then we were taken to the houses where we were billeted. After we had some lunch the lady (Miss Hudson) that was looking after us took us for a walk. We came to a park and I recognised it I said,
“We are in Ilkley this is Tittie Bottle Park!”
I was so pleased because I knew where we were and that my Mum and Dad would be able to visit often.

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