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Delays for schools

by radionewcastle

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Ron Cavanagh
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Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne
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26 July 2004

This story was submitted to the BBC People's War website by Alex Bent on behalf of Ron Cavanagh and has been added with his permission. The author fully understands the BBC People's War projects and its aim to create the largest online archive of stories of a nation at war.

Schools and teaching were a problem in the Byker - Walker of North East England where I lived. Sometimes, if night bombing attacks had occured (often 2 or 3 in one night) we were allowed to start school later than usual at 10.30am so we could catch up on lost sleep. The teachers were grateful also as they had had their sleep interrupted too.
The teachers were mainly women as the men were all away in the forces, usually as officers and they sometimes came to the school when on embarkation to say hello and goodbye

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