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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 19:14 pm 
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I was having my hair done today and chatting to the elderly lady next to me. She started telling me about how she met her husband when she was in the army. I thought at first this must have been in the 50's as I had guessed her age at around 80 but no....! She went on to tell me she had served in the ATS through the war, joining in Lancashire. She'd been a driver, conveying 'all sorts of 'stuff that she wasn't supposed to know about' (as she put it) all over the country in a 3 ton Bedford truck. She said, despite the war, her ATS years were the best years of her life and she still missed it after 70 years (she was demobbed in 1946). She then declared that she was 92, jumped up out of her seat with the energy of a 50 year old, paid for her hair and trotted off to meet her son for lunch! What a grand old lady!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 19:51 pm 
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What a lady ! Put a lot of youngsters to shame these days .

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 22:08 pm 
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Often overlooked by the menfolk. They also served!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 22:29 pm 
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Fantastic story, thanks for sharing your experience.
Good for her! Great to hear she's still so sprightly too!


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That's lovely - what a fabulous experience, we often overlook old folk as a bit of a 'bother', but golly, they gave everything to secure our future - what a touching story and a privilege to have met her :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 19:40 pm 
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Exactly! We owe what we have today to these people. We should remember that.
I am lucky enough to have met many veterans. Oddly there are quite a few at my hairdressers?? This lady was the latest, but I have met a lady who was an air mechanic on Wellington Bombers (having a perm and happy to chat about it), a lady who was in the Land Army and another lady who served in the Fire Service manning emergency telephones while German aircraft dropped bombs on the city. She said she was scared to death but still she sat at her task and said she loved every day of her work. What wonderful women these are. I wonder if today's population would be so brave or dedicated? I doubt it very much.


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