Emily belongs to: Cullercoats Community Centre
Emily was born in Front Street, Cullercoats. Her father was a plasterer and her mother sold fish. Emily worked in London during the war and returned to Cullercoats when she was demobbed.
Emily was interviewed by Kylea Little on 1 March 2006. The interview took place at Cullercoats Community Centre and lasted 23 minutes and 45 seconds.
London during wartime
"I worked on radar on the gun site. It was what was termed Z battery"
I worked on radar on the gun site. It was what was termed Z battery, rockets and about 300 yards from the actual gun site was the radar station. Had it been too close of course, with those guns going off, it would have smashed the whole thing up.
So basically it was very nice and I loved the summer evenings because they had then what they termed the holidays at home, for obvious reasons. And if you were on duty, we were railed off of course, but there was a bandstand there, and various bands, perhaps a fire station band or a local band would come and people came and danced. And we could hang over the railings and watch it, and wished we were there. But it was all very nice. It was, I know it sounds now very tame and whatnot, but it was lovely.
Emily has 13 memories in the memorynet:
- Mother going away with fish
- Leaving school and the war
- Leaving Cullercoats for London during the war
- Thoughts on leaving Cullercoats
- London during wartime
- Being away from Cullercoats
- Community spirit in Cullercoats
- Changes in Cullercoats
- Cullercoats beach
- Sand Competition at Tynemouth
- The lifeboat
- Lifeboat Day and Polly Donkin
- Cullercoats Community Centre