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Former evacuees searching for others in Fenland

Ken and Margaret Garner of the Evacues Association. ANL-140808-171004009

Ken and Margaret Garner of the Evacues Association. ANL-140808-171004009

Two former evacuees are hoping to make contact with others in the area.

Margaret and Kenneth Garner, who live in Parson Drove, will be running a stand for the Evacuee Association at the Wisbech Tesco on Saturday and Sunday.

The pair were both forced to leave their homes in London when bombs and rockets rained down on the city during World War Two.

Mrs Garner was evacuated at the age of eight in 1942 and was taken in by a generous couple in Cheshire, who she called “Mummy and Daddy Senior”.

She said: “They were so kind. I had my first birthday cake and the best Christmas of my young life with them.

“I used to go back and spend summer holidays with them after the war.”

Her husband Kenneth said he had a “horrendous” time while evacuated to a woman in Leicestershire for two years. He developed severe chilblains due to mistreatment.

He was able to return to his mother and enjoyed a brief return to London before being evacuated again.

This time, he was taken in by a kind couple, Mary and Gerry Hawkins, who became second parents to him.

They remained in contact until the couple died.

 

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