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We Lived At 3 Chapel End With Mrs Crook

A Memory of Akeley.

I was evacuated aged 5 years old to Akeley during the war with my mother. I can remember going to the school on the village square and being allowed to play in the field behind when the weather was fine. My friends were two brothers and a sister from the Jones family living next door at no 2. We used to raid the farmer's orchard for apples until he came running out shouting and chasing us. I can't recall
if he ever managed to catch us. What a miserable, bad tempered old man he was or so it seemed. Opposite our house was the Chapel where every Sunday we would listen to the singing of the congregation - it appeared to me that they sang the very same hymns every week. It was a happy place for me to live but not for my mother who often cried which, I didn't realise until I was older, was due to the effects of the war going on. When I returned to London the war was still raging and our house was bombed in 1944 - we were in the airraid shelter at the time so fortunately we all came out the other end. Some memories are so vivid.

With thanks to Pete Smith for this memory of Akeley

Added 12 January 2011


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