Oral history interview with Gillian Asplin. Wartime memories of Arnside.
Wartime memories of Arnside – not allowed Christmas trees climbed on to Knott to take a Christmas Tree. Brother 6 years older who went to Earnseat School. Mother used to make vegetarian potted meat. Lard was prize thing to eat. Can remember seeing bombs falling on Barrow from Arnside. Father worked in Salisbury with links to American Forces who would come back on leave with father and bring chewing gum. Gillian remembers riding in father’s side car on motor bike. Once motored down to Salisbury exciting adventure because she can remember American convoys throwing sweets. An evacuee, Ms Cavanagh sister of the radio comedian, lived 3 doors up – she taught her and brother elocution. Remembers rose hip collecting. Mother was an ambulance driver, taking patients to Connishead Priory. Mother and friends would go to Silverdale Hotel on bicycles for a night out. Gillian went to board in Windermere during the war. Friendly with Barnes from Earnseat School.