I stumbled across this article on the BBC website a couple of years ago. It’s the tale of a boy who joined my secondary school when it had been evacuated to Torquay during the Blitz. The entire school upped sticks and moved down to the West Country. The writer even mentions The Oaf and other leading lights of the school at that time.

A number of my relatives were evacuated as children during the War and I hope to get more information about that at some point. My understanding is that their experience was not nearly as “jolly” as the kids in the Narnia books or, indeed, the author of the piece on life in Torquay.

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