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Norma Taylor - 2015

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June 12, 2018
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Letter from a former Swanlander
Norma (nee Levinson) Sedler who now lives in London, but visits friends in Hull occasionally

I was evacuated to the village at the beginning of the war with my mother, my three sisters and a young girl called Winnie who lived with us. I was three years old when I arrived, and eight when I left. Throughout my life - I'm now 71 - my early childhood spent in Swanland during the war years has had a profound influence on me and I still remember many of the people who befriended us - and those who didn't! During a recent visit, I met Paddy Crawford. It was absolutely wonderful to be able to chat with him; I don't remember Paddy, as he was in the army, but I remember his dad very well. Paddy took me up the lane to meet Caroline and I remember Caroline's mother, Eileen, as a young girl (and her dog, Spot Wilson).

I became a professional writer, and several of my short stories were based on my life in Swanland. One of my books, "Paper Children" was partly set in Swanland, too. I have the First and Second Volumes of the History of Swanland (Wonderful stuff)! and actually met Derek (Brooks) on a visit a few years ago, who I remember as a child.

You must be wondering why I'm writing all this?. I'd love to try to meet up with some of my long-ago friends, neighbours and acquaintances. Nearly all the adults are now gone, of course, but there may be some of the children (now as old or older than me) who may remember our family. We lived at 2, Priory Cottages, Crowther Lane (now Dale Road). My family name was LEVINSON and my sisters were Jean (who died when she was 47), Deirdre, and Pearl (also known as Pat).

Winnie (Edwards) joined the ATS but came to Swanland when on leave. She had a little half-sister, Beatrice Tagg, who was billetted with Mrs.Young and her daughter, Miss Young. My mother was able to stay in Swanland with us as I was considered an infant, but my father, who had only recently received his British Nationality, lived in Hull where he was a fire warden and a Jewish chaplain. The Hull Hebrew School was evacuated to Swanland, and as Jean and Deirdre went to that school before the war, that's why we arrived in Swanland. We attended Swanland Council School, although Jean and Deirdre went to Kingston High School in Hull, soon afterwards. Our teachers were Mrs. Hall, Miss Winter, Miss Newmarch and Miss Bailey.