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|WW II Evacuation|
|On September 1 1940, my brother and I (as my brother was under 5 my mother was allowed to come too) were taken from our school to Thornton Heath station where we boarded a train. We were not told where we were going but it turned out to be Brighton. From there we were taken by bus to Preston Park, where we were allocated our billet in Preston Drove. I attended Ditchling Road School ( later, when my brother was old enough, he went there too). We shared the school with the Brighton children. Either we went in the morning and the Brighton children went in the afternoon, or vice versa. When we were not at school, the teachers and those mothers who were available used to take us out, either to Preston Park or up to Hollingbury. I seem to remember that near the trolleybus terminus at Hollingbury, was a smallish building in which we were shown films.|
After ten months of this, bombs started to fall on Brighton, so my mother though we might as well go back to our home in Croydon - just in time for the blitz!