Well, it has been a really busy and exciting two months of filming interviews and making sound recordings of local residents in the South Liverpool area for this wonderful heritage project.
We have recorded great memories of the War years in Aigburth, Woolton, Edge Lane and Childwall and every single story is unique and fasciniating.
I would like to say a massive thank you to all of our participants who gave up their time so willingly and created space in their homes for our little film crew, we feel very honoured!
Today we have started to edit all of the interviews after pain stakingly typing out all of the transcripts and thanks to some lovely videography from local cinematographer Allan Melia, I am sure we can piece together a fabulous historical account of childhood during World War II within our community.
A special thanks to Cameraman Cameron Brown, sound recordist Paul Caton and cinematographer Allan Melia, without whom I couldn't have filmed this documentary! Cheers guys!
May Orchard nee Warton circa 1940.
May was 15 years old when war was declared in Septemeber 1939 and remembers vividly the night of the 28th/29th of November 1940 when a landmine made a direct hit on an air raid shelter in Fernwood Road Aigburth, which resulted in widespread devastation, injuries and many deaths.
May and her family lived in Gladeville Road, parallel to Fernwood and her recollections are as vivid today as they were on that dreadful night of bombing 76 years ago and their home was so devasted by the blast that they were unable to return to their home.