Memories of Mrs Ivy Pitt

Mrs Ivy Pitt came to speak to the outreach team at Twydall Library in October 2012. These are notes taken from her conversation wih us.

I lived in Manor Street from the ages of 4 to 22. I went to Trinity School before the war and then went to the Catholic School in Manor Street at 11. I then worked in Jennings the Green Grocers. I left school at 14.

I remember the walnut trees - the boys used to put a rope around the big walnut tree to swing round it and we would pick up the walnuts. I came home once with a hurt chest where I had been swinging round the tree. I wouldn't tell my parents how it had happened but when they took me to the Doctors he said that I had done it by swinging round the tree!

All the flats had a basement at the bottom of the flats where the air raid shelter was. They had a pick axe in there so we could get out if they were hit and collapsed. I think a land mine landed in Dock Road but it fell the other side of the wall.

Dad belonged to the British Legion - opposite the Two Sawyers. We had the Foresters pub on our street which was a very small pub. The British Legion had good Christmas parties.

There were so many shops in the high street.

On a Sunday we would go and watch the RE band and when they had finished run down to catch the Marines band.

Dad worked in the Dockyard and my mum and borther worked there during the war in the ropery.

Our teacher at Holy Trinity was Mr Llewelyn and our teacher at the Catholic School was Miss Wilkinson - she was nice.

I remember Mr Duncan with the bulldogs. Mr Duncan had a 'buy everything' shop, I remember him walking all the bulldogs up to the lines. When I see people walking bulldogs now it reminds me of him.

There was a slaughter house at the bottom of our road. On tuesdays we would come home early from school to see the animals we used to say as they passed:

"Hold your collar
never swallow
never get the fever"

On the High Street Honisetts did stuff for the army, next to that was Jennings where I worked, then Mr Copper the Fish Shop, then a grocers, Browns the book shop, then the chemist, then another grocer. At one end of the high street there was a hotel.

There were two fish n chip shops.

I remember when the Dockyard finished in the evening there were men swarming up the road on their bikes from the Dockyard.

Alot of the girls went to the collar factory when they left school.

Posted by Amy on 03/10/2012
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