BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site

Contact Us

Sooty Times in Wallsend

by MickWPC

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Ruby Foster
Location of story: 
Palmers Buildings, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
27 October 2004

I remember the whistling bombs vividly. I was 11 at the time and my younger sister. Audrey was 10 mth old. There was an air raid and we were sent to the air raid shelter in our street, Seventh Street. Wallsend. My sister crided for her milk bottle and my mum returned to the house. I heard the whistling noise and then silence and thought our house had been hit. I started to scream, my dad who was an air raid warden slapped me across the face to calm me down. I was panicking, 5 mins later my mum returned to the shelter all black, the house had not been hit but the blast had forced all the soot down the chimney and blasted my mum form head to toe with soot. I laughed all night as the sight of my mum.
Another memory is my father working at Coach & Horses pub in Wallsend. He used to collect donations for the soldiers at Dunston Hill hospital to buy them cigarettes and at weekends he used to bring some of the soldiers to our house for Sunday lunch and for their families to visit.
I also rememeber a land mine dropped in Holly Avenue and a whoel family being whiped out apart from one family memeber who had hid under the cupboard under the stairs.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Childhood and Evacuation Category
Family Life Category
Tyneside and Northumberland Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy