Memories of a Civil Defence Interview

Title

Memories of a Civil Defence Interview

Subject

Civil Defence

Description

June Dawson recalls an accident when a Civil Defence recruiter visited her husband.

Creator

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Source

Interview with June Dawson for the East Midlands Oral History Archive. Uncatalogued.

Publisher

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Date

1960s

Rights

You may use this item in accordance with the licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Oral history

Interviewer

Rhianydd Murray

Interviewee

June Dawson

Location

Interviewee's home address

Transcription

We made an appointment with the Civil Defence and this gentleman came to see David when he’d been on a morning shift, and it was in the evening, and he came, and we’d got the one living room and… you used to have to sit round the fire, your knees, the front of your legs would be mottled with the heat and your back would be frozen, but that’s how it was. So, we all sat round the fire, this gentleman came in, beautifully dressed, like, you know, Civil Defence - white shirt, really, officer, you see - and he said, telling David about the duties that he would have to perform. He’d have to be trained in knowing how to deal with any building that’d fallen, that’s what they did, they used to go out and rescue people from buildings and anything like that. So, he said that the one thing you must always remember is, you’re not to panic at any time because that doesn’t help the situation at all. At that precise moment, down from the chimney came this ball of fire and blow me if it wasn’t the brush head that had fallen into the fireplace! And we’re all covered in soot, and this poor man, he said, well I don’t know how you managed that Mr Dawson, he said, but you’re in, you never budged. He said, you’ve passed the test!

Original Format

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Duration

1 min 43 secs

Bit Rate/Frequency

128kbps

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