SIR: I was nine in 1939 and was evacuated in September with my school to Chilham. Do any of your readers remember the maudlin song that was sung every evening at 7pm to all the children who were away from home? It was called Goodnight, Children Everywhere and even at the age of nine I felt it was much more likely to make you really miserable than comfort you, which it was meant to do.
Goodnight, children everywhere. Your Mummy thinks of you tonight. Lay your head upon the pillow. Don’t be a kid or a weeping willow. Close your eyes and say a prayer And surely you can find a kiss
to spare. Though you’re far away, She’s with you night and day. Goodnight, children everywhere.
Mrs M Richards, Wainscott, Kent