Beryl pictured with her mother, my Grandmother.
We seem to be getting all nostalgic this week here on Jammy Toast, remembering days from my youth spent getting into mischief with my Grandfather. So, today, I thought I would continue in that vein and tell you the story of Auntie Beryl. At the start of the Second World War, my grandparents ran a fishmonger and greengrocery shop in Birkenhead. My Grandfather was also a reserve fireman which meant he was not constricted into the army because his was a reserved occupation. Because my grandfather and grandmother were both at home during the war years they didn’t want their daughter, Beryl, evacuated to Wales as part of operation Pied Piper. This was despite Birkenhead being bombed heavily by the Germans because it was home to Cammell Lairds and other industry contributing towards the war effort.