Win and her little brother visit Granny during the Blitz
At the height of the Blitz when the bombing was all night long, I think it was in May 1941, the following morning my brother John who was two years younger than me, we set out to see our Granny who lived in Studley Street. The whole length from our house in Lee Street to Studley Street along Holderness Road was cordoned off and closed to all traffic. It was a terrible state. There was Policeman, Fireman, Ambulance men, Air raid Wardens were all trying to sort out the chaos. There was water-hoses all across the road trying to put all the fires out in the ruined buildings. Woolworths, Coop, the Astoria, Ritz cinema were all bombed and burning. There were huge craters with glass and rubble all over the place.
The barricades were across blocking the road but with all the men being so busy we managed to dodge under them and walk along the road.
We nearly got up to Studley Street, where my Granny lived, when a policeman spotted us and ordered us to go home. We explained that we had to see our Granny because our mother couldn’t come with us because she was home with a new baby. It was a good thing he went with us down to Studley Street because the bombs had dropped all at the beginning of the street which was absolutely flattened. Fortunately our Granny lived at the bottom of the street in her little terraced house. It was still standing and she was alive. But it was very upsetting because some of her good neighbours and friends had all been killed and others were badly injured.