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Silver Jubilee

I remember the Queen's Silver Jubilee Celebrations. There was a Cricket Match, also games and activities organised in the Village Hall. All the Children from the Village received a silver coin. It was lots of fun and very nice for the whole community .

My War Years.

I was born in 1931 at Mount Vernon N.H in nearby East Retford. My father was a charge warder at Rampton State Institution. Woodbeck was the exclusive housing estate for staff working at the State Institution. We were allocated a Staff House at number 44 Woodbeck. I remember particularly the war years 1939 -`45 and as I found out later, we were on the direct bombing line for the German Bombers attacking the industrial cities of Sheffield and Coventry. As I found out later they were directed by "beams" from Europe and flew directly over us at Woodbeck. As a boy I used to stand outside our back door watching the searchlights arc across the sky and hear and feel the blast of the AA guns opening up. I am 81yrs old now but still remember those years and the blackout & rationing and the wailing of the sirens and crashing, vibration of the Ack - Ack guns. Cliff Charlesaworth

Remembrance Day

War Memorial And Town Hall c1955, Retford
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It was in the mid 50s that I went with my Grandmother to the Remembrance Day services held at the War Memorial.  There were a group of WW1 veterans in a line and as a young child it was a surprise to me that they were crying.  When I grew up and learnt what had been the horror of that war I understood.

My Grandmother had several cousins who died and whose names were on there.  She pointed them out to me, but I do not remember them.  In my mind's eye, I can see the scene.  Remembrance Day remains an emotional time for me and I'm sure it goes back to those Sundays in November.

Remembrance Day

War Memorial And Town Hall c1955, Retford
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It was in the mid 50s that I went with my Grandmother to the Remembrance Day services held at the War Memorial.  There were a group of WW1 veterans in a line and as a young child it was a surprise to me that they were crying.  When I grew up and learnt what had been the horror of that war I understood.

My Grandmother had several cousins who died and whose names were on there.  She pointed them out to me, but I do not remember them.  In my mind's eye, I can see the scene.  Remembrance Day remains an emotional time for me and I'm sure it goes back to those Sundays in November.

WW11 Leeds Evacuees.

War Memorial And Town Hall c1955, Retford
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I was one of so many 10 year olds that arrived in East Retford Sept 1939. I was so lucky to have been cared for by caring loving families in Retford for five years. The most happiest childhood memories of my life. I have cherished  those memories for the the last 69 years. God Bless East Retford.

My Days at Sir Frederick Milner 1942 -45

The teachers were `Zorra` Hardy,`Percy` Noble, `Gunner` Meadows, `Musha`Pitt and Harry Firth. The Headmaster was Mr Hewitt. Ken Barkworth used to come home on leave from the army and take us for PT in the hall and I used to box him.
My class mates were Donald Backhouse, Donald Levick ,Frank Taylor, Gordon Blake, Bert Mellors and Frank Wilson. I played football for the school in goal.
The most famous pupil was Peter Jarvis who went on to swim for England in the Olympics. The Yarmouth evacuees came and started their own school and we used to go 9am.-till 11.0am and 1.0pm - 3.0pm and they went 11am-1.0pm and 3.0pm till 5.0pm.
I travelled from Woodbeck to Retford on Brumptons bus and during the 2hr. lunch break we played marbles - Holey.
Cliff Charlesworth (Now 76yrs.old)

Nostalgic Memories

My family the Williamses lived at 57 Strawberry Road, Newtown, Retford from 1942 until we moved to Birmingham in 1956. Naturally I have great memories of the games we young children played in the street together, like marbles in the gutter, grass sod raids, bows and arrow fights, bowling hoops etc, and while I remember all these and more games we played I can't recall the names of the children we played them with and who were our friends, other than one Tony Bunion. If my name rings any bells, please get in touch if you would, my EM is: johnterrywilliams@googlemail.com Like most at this time period I went to Thrumpton Lane School then to Sir Freds, it would be good to hear from any old friends again. With kind thoughts, Terry Williams.

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