of Cavendish Road, Aylestone.
I was a child of 7 living in Aylestone Park
and I well remember the first bombs falling on Cavendish Road. It
was a daylight raid on August 21st 1940 and I was out in the street
playing at the time. We had little or no warning between the siren
"going off" and the bombs falling. I was told in no uncertain
tones by an ARP warden to leave my toys and get into shelter quickly!
I couldn't get home, but luckily my aunt lived near by and I ran
After the raid I remember walking with my
cousin and looking at the ruins of what had been our local shops
in Cavendish Road. The memory of a bedroom wall, still wallpapered
and with a mirror or picture still hanging in place is one I will
Later, we had evacuees from London, but
that's another story!