The Netmaker

"The Netmaker" the story follows four families who are all linked in some way to the Wilkinsons Lemonade Factory that was bombed during WW2. This is a tribute to the 107 people who lost their lives on 3rd May 1941


17. 17

Enid Ellis came around on Saturday night for May Johnson; they were off to the Albion the see the 49th Parallel a film May had told her about. They walked up to Albion Road where a small queue had formed it was nearly six thirty and the doors would be opening soon.

They both lit a cigarette and puffed away on it until the usher came out after unlocking the main entrance. May handed over two jam jars and tu’pence and the girl gave them their ticket the girl inside used a flashlight to show them to their seats as the Pathe news reel came on. It was all about the war and really both May and Enid had come out to try and forget about it. It seemed there was no escaping the reality.

When the main feature started both Enid and May hoping to lose themselves in the film. The film, a British propaganda film tells of a German U boat sank in the Hudson Bay in Canada. Lieutenant Eric Portman tries to lead his men across the border into the United States who have not yet entered the war and are regarded as a neutral country. Along the way they meet French Canadian fur trapper Johnnie (Laurence Olivier) and soldier Andy Brock (Ray Massey) who attempts to foil their escape.

When the film was over May and Enid walked back home hoping that the air raid warning wouldn’t sound but they were out of luck they no sooner had crossed the road from the cinema when the air raid siren when off and they hurried along to The Wilkinson’s shelter. Well at least we will get a cup of tea and a biscuit said Enid as they came to the door where Nelly Lee was counting as they went in.

“Twice in two bloody days I’ve been in here said May who told her about the day before.


Kitty met Anne as they hurried along to the shelter. “Bloody Germans said Anne annoyingly.’ “I was just getting ready for me bed said Kitty.’ They got themselves a seat and many children who had been woken from sleep were crying. Enid and Kitty held babies and young children whilst mothers changed nappies and fed other family members. Billy Hepple played a familiar tune on his harmonica and people began to join in. the singing seemed to quieten the children down. Tea and biscuits were handed out.

Kitty sipped on her tea and dunked the rich tea biscuit into the cup because she had left her false teeth on the bedside cabinet.

“I hope the Bloody Gerries don’t bomb my hoose the neet or I will have to go doon and see Staggie and get some more.

Staggie the rag and bone man kept false teeth from those who had died. People could go in and try several pairs until they found a set that fit.’

“Not very practical I know trying on someone else’s teeth but it’s better that no teeth at all. “ The very thought of seeing someone trying on a dead person’s teeth turns my stomach; plus you wouldn’t know how many people had had them in their gob. Anne shook with the thought of it.

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