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Northumberland County Libraries
People in story: 
Doris Clarke
Location of story: 
Northumberland
Article ID: 
A2553617
Contributed on: 
23 April 2004

By Doris Clarke formerly Doris Toward

I lived in Gateshead. We all prepared to be evacuated, we had made bags for carrying clothes with our names embroidered on. I was 9 years old, an only child. We left from Gateshead East station, full trains of kids. We were given paper carrier bags with 'iron rations' in. We went to Stokesley, but nobody wanted us, because there were four us - an aunt and three cousins aged 10,9,and 8, and my mother said we had to stick together or come home. It was five o'clock in the evening before someone took us - it was the local butcher. We came home five weeks later with the carrier bags intact!
In 1940 I went of to my mothers cousin in Craster, were I now live. It was very different living there to being in the city.
I did see two sea mines explode on the rocks.

I remember soldiers being billetted in Craster Hall, and we were asked to take soldiers for a bath or Sunday lunch. One of the men who came to the house carried on coming for visits long after the war.

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