“Thomas your dinner is out shouted his mother as William looked down at the spam and potato pie and sighed.
Thomas came in to the kitchen from his bedroom and sat at the table whilst his mother served him some pie with carrots, a boiled onion, some Swede turnip, with bisto gravy.
They were half way into their meal when the air raid warning sounded.
Bloody Gerry’s, said his father angrily can we not even have our dinner in peace.
“William we will have less of that language in this house please. Now come on let’s get to the shelter.’
Thomas covered all the food up in case any dust fell on the plates.
They made their way to the shelter that had been built on the field nearby.
There land army girls marched towards it led by two A.R.P’s They sat together as best they could as the Germans bombed the ship yards down in North Shields. The Germans tried to cripple the ship repair yards so that no ships could be built or repaired along the Tyne. Some of the younger girls started crying until Thomas pulled out his Honner Harmonica and began to play.
Everyone joined in with Roll out the Barrel” as Thomas played and it seemed to ease the tension inside the shelter. Then everyone listened as Thomas played a Vera Lynn song When the light’s go on around the world.
Jackie Bell, a well known singer in the Dun Cow and A.R.P man sang along.
When the lights go on again, all over the world
And the boys are home again all over the world
And the rain and snow will be the only thing that falls from the sky
A kiss will not mean goodbye, but hello to love
When the light’s go on again all over the world
And the ships will sail again, all over the world
Then we’ll have time for things like wedding rings
And free hearts will sing
When the lights go on again all over the world
When the second chorus came everyone joined in and then the air raid warning stopped and the all clear was given. They still brought their gas masks with them in case of a gas attack by the Germans but there was no need to wear them.