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First Person Interview

First Person Interview

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Lucy Jayne Craigs
70 PRECIOUS YEARS
El
sie Hindhaugh, 80, was just ten years o
l
d when her neighbour¶s house was hit by aGerman bomb.
Ex
act
l
y 70 years on, she remembers the tragic day that cou
l
d havetaken the
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ives of her and her fami
l
y.It was on the evening of Thursday 20
th
March, 1941, that my neighbour¶s house wasstruck by a German bomb; I
l
ived at 101 North Row, Bed
l
ington Station,Northumber 
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and and number 99 got bombed. Lucki
l
y my neighbours were not in atthe time.We were a
ll
 
l
iving in b
l
ack out; Wor 
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d War Two had been going on for around twoyears. I was in bed that night; sharing a bedroom with my two brothers Joe andRobert. We woke at the sound of sirens; they went off to warn peop
l
e when theGerman p
l
anes were f 
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ying overhead.My Mother ran into the room, got us out of bed and to
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d us we needed to go to anearby she
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ter. As we were getting up there was a huge e
x
p
l
osion; I can¶t describehow
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oud it was, the vibrations knocked us off our feet and in to the bedroom wa
ll
 behind us. It was
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ike an earthquake.We quick
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y picked ourse
l
ves up and ran down stairs; there was no time to ref 
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ect onwhat was happening, we had to get out. We met our Dad at the bottom of the stairs;he had been in the outside toi
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et, across the back
l
ane. He had seen the bomb f 
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yingthrough the air when he was coming back to the house but he had no idea it was to
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and so c
l
ose. As we stood in the kitchen, he opened the back door; the who
l
e streetwas
l
it up with f 
l
ames.

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