What a very moving story Mavis Wright had to tell, I had to stop several times to wipe away a tear.
Mavis and Derrick must have been one of the lucky ones, I would think some evacuees may have a different story.
Out of disaster came good and Mavis and Derrick finished up with two loving families.
I was born in 1935 and had just about a week at St Matthias school when Hitler blasted a big hole in the wall of our house in Pearl Street as we were in the Anderson shelter.
We moved into digs with a workmate of my dad’s in Freedom Road, Walkley and I started school for the second time.
How did our parents cope with the thought of being bombed at any time? My parents did a very good job of hiding the fear they must have felt at a time like that.
If ever evacuees were mentioned I can hear my mother’s voice now: “If we are going to die we will all die together” this philosophy was put to the test one day.
I was at school near Burgoyne Road when the air raid siren went and all the school went into the shelter. We hadn’t been there long when I heard my mother’s voice calling my name.
She had come to get me.
I don’t know what the outcome was but I can understand her actions and admire her for it.
We all came through it and mum lived to be 103.
Mr C Medley
Parson Cross Road, Sheffield