John Gardiner in Walsall - November, 1942

from BBC WW2 People's War:

Dad was a leather-strainer during the day and a fire fighter at night with the National Fire Service, based at the local Arboretum, in the Grange Playhouse....It was Dad’s night off and we listened to the radio shows like ‘Tommy Handley’ with ‘I.T.M.A.’ (It’s That Man Again), or ‘Wilfred Pickles’, ‘Name That Tune’ with Violet Carson at the piano, who, after the War, went on to be the famous Ena Sharples in ‘Coronation Street’. Then the accumulator would run out of electricity, so that would be that. By nine o’clock we would go to bed (and what an ordeal that was!). By…   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: 5 March, 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: Walsall


John Gardiner

Listening to

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We'll Meet Again performed by Vera Lynn
Buy some violets, lovely violets

Experience Information

Date/Time November, 1942
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 07 Jun 2014 09:56:39 +0100