LETTER - ‘Vivid memories of Eye during wartime’

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Reading Peter West’s letter (September 18) about the war brought back memories of that time.

As a child I lived opposite the Eye Airfield together with my two sisters and Diana, a Jewish evacuee from

London.

One of my most vivid recollections was of seeing a coloured man for the first time, the airfields around this area had both black and white Americans, stories of fights between them were common-place but they were always generous to us , candy was a real treat as we were surviving on food rations.

Across the road was the Eye Emergency Hospital later re-named Hartismere Hospital, we always called it the Spike a reference to the workhouse, it was used to treat injured servicemen including Italians, German prisoners of war and those with tuberculosis, a disease we feared more than the Germans as it was both contagious and fatal.

Janet Mills

Oak Crescent

Eye