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Wykebeck Avenue, no 73, Anderson Shelter

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Wykebeck Avenue, no 73, Anderson Shelter
Description:
1st July 1939. Anderson Shelter erected for no. 73 Wykebeck Avenue, reinforced by stone wall and earth. On the right a woman and children are watching the camera man.

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Name:
JACK STEPHENSON

Comment:
I LIVED AT NO 44, WYKEBECK AVE FROM 1936-1959 AND SPENT AIR RAID NIGHTS (IN MY INFANTS SIREN SUIT)IN IDENTICAL SHELTERS. MY FATHER GREW SALAD VEGETABLES IN THE SOIL SPREAD OVER OUR SHELTER. weE ALSO KEPT HENS & RABBIOTS AS A FOOD SOURCE DURING THE WAR RATIONING YEARS. THE SHELTERS EVENTUALLY FILLED WITH WATER, BECAME INHABITABLE, AND WERE PULLED DOWN AFTYER THE WAR. BONFIRE NIGHT (5TH NOV) WAS A BIG EVENT, THE KIDS OF THE STREET WOULD GO 'CHUMPING' (STEALING ANYTHING THAT WOULD BURN) AND WE WOULD HAVE A FIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. BAKED POTATOES & PARKIN FOR THE KIDS, BEER FOR THE MEN. IT WAS A BIG SOCIAL EVENT. I KNOW WHERE DAVE BATTY IS, WHERE ARE YOU PAT & KEVIN MORAN, HARRY SHARP, HARRY MARSDEN, TONY WARD?

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gallica36@yahoo.co.uk

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Name:
patricia pitts nee martin

Comment:
I remember these anderson shelters well we had one in our back garden, we lived 70 wykeback rd.we knew the Battys and Morans.My brothers were Earnest,Billy,and Derek Martin.We lived there 1930s to about 1949 then moved to Rookwood rd.

Date:
30-Aug-2010

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Name:
Peter Jackson

Comment:
I Lived at 19 Wykebeck Ave until 1941 when due to economic circumstances I moved to live in Middleton.our air raid shelter stood immediatley out side the kichen door, we kept rabbits in ours, they ran around the floor as they couldnt get out, one day I recall a ferrett got in among them and killed the lot, the dustbin men got in the shelter and took it away, I also recall an air raid, the sirens sounded, and I stood at the kitchen door looking up in the evening sky, a huge plane flew by making a strange noise, my ma said it was a german bomber she could tell by its engine noise, it was looking for Barnbow tank factory, where she worked as a crane driver dad was somewhere in france in the army

Date:
29-Nov-2010

Email:
ciaopj@optusnet.com.au

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Name:
Peter Jackson Australia

Comment:
Re the Anderson Shelters, as a child I remember them going in, in our garden, after the war the council informed our family, if you want to keep the shelter it will cost you ten pounds!! if you dont want it, dig it up, and place it at the front gate where it will be collected, I recall the whole family getting stuck in and removing it, ten quid!! they had to be joking?

Date:
30-Jun-2011

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ciaopj@optusnet.com.au

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