Continuation ( 3 ) of Phyllis Reading's memories of being evacuated to Huntingdon. Contributed in March 2011.
However, this did not last too long. We eventually shared the building and our hours were from eight to ten and four to six. Huntingdon pupils went from ten to four. In the breaktime for Highbury girls we were shepherded into Church Halls etc to do various activities ( fencing being on of them). They had to keep tabs on us vulnerable girls - there were lots of American soldiers around the town !
Eventually, Highbury girls were given the old Grammar School in the High Street to use until the end of the war. I eventually went to live with my mother and brother in Westmont Street, St.Ives. I used tobike through the thicket to Houghton to get to school at Huntingdon.
We sometimes had access to the newly acquired ( by the local authority )Hinchingbrooke House for lessons. When we first arrived in Huntingdon and went to Hinchingbrooke a photographer for the 'Tatler' wanted a pupil to sit at the piano in the big entrance hall there. Although I couldn't play I volunteered for the photo and received a nice copy. Unfortunately more recently my house was flooded and I lost a valuable photograph.
Now living in St.Ives I attended the Free Church and became a Sunday School teacher there. One Sunday, just before my 17th birthday on 1/7/42, Agnes Green the then Sunday School Superintendent said that she wanted anyone with an imminent birthday to come forward.
Date of coverage01/09/1939
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