Walthamstow - a Memory of Leytonstone.
I was born in Forest Road, Walthamstow, in 1927. My father was a councillor in the thirties, on the entertainments committee organising film star visits and concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra. He owned the ironmongers, Cole and Deakin, in the High Street. I went to a private primary school called Linda Lodge, and later Clarks College, Churchill, in Upper Walthamstow Road. I was married in St Peters Church, in the forest in 1950 and went to live in Edinburgh.
We were extraordinarily lucky in the war, surviving land mines but my most vivid memory was seeing the whole sky , bright red, from the edge of Epping Forest, when the city around St Pauls was burning. My father was in the ARP and as a Ranger, I helped to man stirrup pumps for incendaries! If anyone remembers any of this I would love to hear, through Francis Frith. I still consider myself a Walthamstowninian though have lived in Scotland for 60 years.
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