Elma Campbelton remembers VE Day

Elma Campbelton remembers VE Day

George Street, Leith

George Street, Leith

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'We were coming up to 13 George Street and the bombs fell . . . '

‘There was a big pavement at the bottom of George Street that all the kids used to play on. There was a pub on the corner and a hairdresser, and that's where we used to play. One night, it must have been about 5 o’ clock, we heard a plane coming across and then saw black coming from it. So we all scattered. My sister went with her crowd and ran into the pub, and we were coming up to 13 George Street and the bombs fell.’

‘One fell in the back garden of the next stair, it missed our building then one hit the building across from it. People were killed. Our shelter in our back green was built into the ground, you had to lift a lid to go down into it. Neighbours who lived in the next again stair, the dad was an air raid warden. He had looked out the window and seen some people coming and he had said to his daughter to run down and see if they needed the key to get in. By the time she had got down they had moved along a bit but she was standing at the shelter when the bomb fell and she was killed. She was 14 years old.’

Elma Campbelton