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16 October 2014
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Frank Dawson from Holland on Sea, Essex. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
In January 1940 when I was nearly 6 years old my parents,my sister and me left our home at Corrymony in the highlands and went to live in Dennistoun Glasgow with my grandfather who had just retired from working at Blochairn Steelworks.
Our new home was about 500 yards from the steelworks where hundreds of men and women were employed making munitions.
The steelworks were an ideal target for German bombers but I have no recollection of any raids which caused direct hits.
My pals and I had a wonderful childhood during those dark days of war. We could not have been happier.
After air raids we would collect shrapnel and barrage balloon silk.
The silk would be taken home and used as a table cloth.
In our local park we would watch for free bands playing at the bandstand. A special treat would be to pay to get on the paddle boats in the park duck pond.
Never once did my parents take us to the air raid shelters. I often wonder why they reached that decision.
Happy to say we were never bombed out of our tenement home.
Yes I had a happy wartime.

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