An Interview with Irene Devereux, Bryan Palser and Bill Deeley

During the war we didn't have any films or photographs, we had little areas, which we would stay in, Hagley Road, Ridgacre Road and Upper Meadow Road. Irene recalls a bad raid in Birmingham, she was at The Odeon, the organ came up and the film stopped but then everyone left when the "All Clear" was heard. I walked to the Town Hall, because the buses only went to the Town Hall, got on the bus and the sirens started again. So they took us all to what used to be Greys, and I was there till 4 o'clock in the morning. We would walk home from Birmingham and think nothing of it. There was a row of air raid shelters at the back of Four Dwellings. During the war we were only young, we played hopscotch on the pavement and we hadn't got chalk so we marked the pavement out with privet. My father told me off and sent me to bed, we had double summertime during the war so it kept light till 11 o'clock at night. Ridgacre Road was only tarmaced on one side of the road because they used to store the buses on the other side. The bus garage was built in about 1949, because it was about 50 years after it was closed, they had a steam crane on a railway track on one end.

Ridgacre Road, the north carriageway between Stoney Lane and Quinton Road West was only built in 1959, prior to that the Ridgacre Road was just a narrow lane. There were big houses there then, a bungalow called St Rest, just where St David's Drive is today. Where the shops are on the corner of Dwellings Lane and Quinton Road West was a static water tank, about 20 feet across and 4 feet deep, full to the top with water, ready to put out fires from the bombs.

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