Seventy five years ago, on 2nd June 1940, hundreds of children were evacuated from Lowestoft to towns and villages in Derbyshire.
Vi Draper (left) and her sister Mary (right) found a new family when they were evacuated to Derbyshire. (Courtesy of Mary Draper)
Mary Draper, then aged five, and her sister Vi, then aged three, were evacuated from Lowestoft to Chesterfield, ‘Vi and I were evacuated with our school and were taken to Barlborough, near Chesterfield. We had no Mum, and our Dad was in the Home Guard. A lovely couple took us into their home. Mr and Mrs Bacon had no children of their own, and they practically became our Mum and Dad until the day they died.
The war really did us a favour because they were marvellous to us, treating us like little princesses. We called them Auntie Bee and Uncle Bob. They had a lovely home and we lived with them until the end of the war. When we had to leave them to return to Lowestoft, it broke our hearts as well as theirs. Our real Dad passed away when we were in our teens. I was with my fiancé by then, so my sister moved back to live with Mr and Mrs Bacon.’
When Mary got married, her children looked upon Mr and Mrs Bacon as their grandparents. Vi still lives in Chesterfield, as does Mary’s son Michael – and Mary’s family visit regularly.
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