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Shelter in the Playground: In North East England

by Wakefield Libraries & Information Services

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Wakefield Libraries & Information Services
People in story: 
Jean Dowling
Location of story: 
North East England
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Contributed on: 
30 June 2004

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Alison Roe of Wakefield Libraries on behalf of Jean Dowling and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the terms and conditions.

I was a child when the war was on. At the beginning of the war we only had to go to school for half a day. I remember them digging up our playground to put in an air raid shelter. The warnings would sound and we'd scuttle underground. We used to play games down there. I remember a nursery rhyme called the Golden Goose; we all used to follow the one who was the goose in a big long line. It took our minds off anything that might be happening above.

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