In the August issue, the ‘Strawberry Fields’ letter about strawberry picking brought back wonderful memories.
I was with the ATS stationed in Lovell’s Hall, Terrington St Clement, during the summers of 1942/43. A family called Featherstone, with a strawberry farm at Marshland, were desperate for pickers.
We girls were called upon and paid, which added to our weekly sum of 10 shillings, to help out.
Strawberries were tipped in barrels, then covered with chlorine which took out the colour and taken to Chivers jam factory at Histon near Cambridge for jam making.
I was a teleplotter, and when we arrived we were billeted in the village until the Spider huts were erected. My billet was at Orange Tree Farm with the Wilson family. How wonderful they were.
What memories return of these days, at 94. I can remember every detail as if it were yesterday. Thanks to Let’s Talk, I am living the past again with great happiness.