Thursday, July 15, 2010
It's 70 years since the Battle of Britain, our finest hour.
With this in mind I decided to grab my nearest old fella and place him in front of my class to tell tales and answer questions.
His lovely wife came along because, in her words "I was there too".
My new class sat for over an hour and listened to their memories, tales of air raids and blackouts. Mr and Mrs 'B' seemed to enjoy it and the kids were hooked.
Where you scared?
How did you feel when war was declared?
"Awful, just awful. Depressed, angry but resigned to get the job done"
Was everyone as cheerful as we are told?
"No, but everyone worked together and got on with things, we talked alot and helped each other because otherwise people would fall apart, and some people did fall apart and some people were unkind about them"
Did you like Winston Churchill?
"My family were NOT Conservatives, we did NOT like Churchill"
"Yes dear but he did do an awful lot to help us win the war"
"That's true, I suppose"
Was it easy to beat the Germans?
"We only just beat them, we survived the summer of 1940 because the Germans made bad mistakes and we were lucky"
Would you like a cup of tea?
"One thing everyone who lived through those years will tell you, you never turn down a cup of tea!"