Maudlin memories

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

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

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