Wartime memories of living in Tavistock Avenue

IMG_4282Val Goodyear-Burrow was born in 1938. She lived at 79 Tavistock Avenue during the war years and can recall specific memories of wartime: shelters, blackouts, gas masks and air-raid sirens. She also remembers watching the gliders coming from the Handley Page direction, playing around the area, swimming in the river and the swimming baths, New Barnes mill and the prisoners of war building the prefabs at the end of Tavistock Avenue. Her father used to be in the RAF and Val remembers air force men with severe burns visiting them. She had family in the USA so they were sent food parcels and toys at Christmas.

Interview date: 29 January 2014. Interviewer: Sandy Norman

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