John Kelly in Newcastle upon Tyne - the 1940's

from BBC WW2 People's War:

Towards the end of the war, when the doodle bugs were dropping on London we actually got some evacuee ‘cockney’ kids into our northern school. They talked in a very funny way, and we could scarcely understand a word they said. When we were convinced that they were not actually Germans in disguise we became quite friendly towards them but they always seemed foreign. The radio was all-important especially ‘Children’s Hour’ and ‘Toy-town’ and Uncle Mac, but we also listened to the News which always seemed to begin with something like: ‘Here is the News and this is Alvar Liddell …   more >>
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Ashley Leather, Audrey Lewis, Iain C Macpherson, Joan Styan, John Gardiner, John Kelly, Joseph J Brown, Josie Vernon and Tom Canning, BBC WW2 People's War. accessed: 25 April, 2024 (BBC WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The archive can be found at

location of experience: Newcastle upon Tyne


Listening to

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There'll be bluebirds pver the white cliffs of Dover
written by Nat Burton, Walter Kent
performed by Vera Lynn

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:09:51 +0100