London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
10 February 2016
7th-8th June 1946: Victory Celebration Day & fly-past
7 Fri. Rather warm, fine sunny day but dull & cloudy later:
the wind has dropped. Tomorrow being Victory Day I spent the morning doing
shopping as the shops will then be closed. I stood in queues at the bakers,
butchers, fishmongers at the cats meat shop. Accidentally broke the corrugated
glass in the scrubbing board so had to buy a piece costing 3/- at Rayner Davis,
Merton. Also to grocers, chemists etc etc. A busy and tiring morning. Cousin
Maud called in evening: Alan Spooner, on leave, came while she was here. Joy
Winsley brought a fuse-bulb for me to test.
Official programme for the Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946
8 Sat. Rather mild, very dull & cloudy, rain setting in
midday. Victory Celebration Day. Heard the broadcast of the wonderful Victory
Procession. Saw the aeroplane fly-past which came this way. Two types of
jet-propelled planes took part as well as Spitfires, Hurricanes, Halifaxes,
Lancasters, Tempests and Hornets. Anne Conley called in morning and made me
very happy. Put top camber on new wing – starboard side. Drew out design for
the port-side wing and started to build.