A wartime evacuee is about to make a sentimental journey to the Ribble Valley, and hopes to renew old acquaintances from back then.
Ruby Wadey, nee Skinner, was 11 years old when she was evacuated from her home in Brighton in 1941 to escape the threat of Hitler’s bombers targeting the South Coast.
Now at the age of 83, she is travelling from Brighton with her younger brother, David Goss, to return to Waddington, which holds many happy memories for her.
“I didn’t know anything about where were being sent,” says Ruby.
“There were 50 of us from my school, and we all got split up when we came north.”
Ruby first stayed with a Miss Sagar in Spring Gardens, but after Miss Sagar became ill she stayed with the Tomlinson family, in Waddow View. She remembers their son Ken worked on a farm.
She also remembers the Hoyle family, Harrison’s butcher’s shop, the cobbler’s shop and fish and chip shop.
Ruby used to go on the bus to secondary school in Clitheroe, and was confirmed at St Helen’s Church in December 1941.
“I remember the village children rehearsing a show and going into Clitheroe to put it on. We had a lovely time in Waddington, but after a year or so I was homesick and wanted to go back to Brighton.”
Ruby remained in Brighton during and after the war, married, and still lives in the city.
She said: “It was my brother’s idea to go back to Waddington.
“I remember it as being such a lovely village, and I was worried it might have been spoiled over the years. My brother looked up some pictures of the shops and the old church and it looks just as lovely as it was then.
“It’s been such a long time, but if anybody is still there from those days, I would love to meet them.”
Ruby and her brother intend to travel on June 20th, and any villagers who would like to meet them can contact Mr Goss on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 689148.
Thousands of children were evacuated from towns and cities to the country