Did some­one say fog?

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The ar­ti­cle about the Great Smog of 1952 [Be­hind the Head­lines, Feb­ru­ary] re­minded me of a day that has stayed in my mem­ory for over 60 years.

Dur­ing the 1950s I lived in Green­ford, Mid­dle­sex, and at­tended a con­vent school in North­fields some dis­tance away. Late one af­ter­noon our

head­mistress de­cided we should go home, as a thick fog was de­vel­op­ing. Strict in­struc­tions not to loi­ter!

Af­ter a long wait for a bus that did not ap­pear, I de­cided to walk a mile or two to­wards West Eal­ing. Plod­ding along in my navy-blue felt hat, sen­si­ble laced shoes and cold skirt, I made good progress as there were few peo­ple about and hardly any cars.

Ar­riv­ing at West Eal­ing I con­sid­ered climb­ing the hill to the sta­tion, but I had in­suf­fi­cient money for a ticket on the lit­tle one-coach train to Perivale.

Turn­ing onto the Uxbridge Road I saw a double decker emerge from the gloom. It stopped at the bus stop, and the con­duc­tor said they were hop­ing to get to Han­well Bus De­pot. As that was a few miles nearer home, I climbed on board and went to my favourite seat up­stairs at the front. Look­ing out, I could see noth­ing! No road be­low, and only the dim out­lines of build­ings or the odd branch of a tree.

The bus set off for Han­well at a creep­ing pace, and even­tu­ally ar­rived at the de­pot where I caught a No. 92 head­ing out, into the near-dark­ness on its way to Wem­b­ley.

The bus plod­ded on, even­tu­ally reach­ing Green­ford Shop­ping Cen­tre where it stopped to pick up a num­ber of wor­ried-look­ing peo­ple car­ry­ing huge bags of shop­ping. Next stop was mine.

When I fi­nally reached our street, I was met by our cat Twin­kle. We walked down the road to­gether and he clearly knew where he was go­ing!

Later that even­ing my father ar­rived home, hav­ing come from Ac­ton where he worked as a printer. He and oth­ers had de­cided to take turns in guid­ing their bus by walk­ing in front of it. Chris­tine Reeves Ed­i­tor replies: I’m glad our ar­ti­cle brought back such vivid mem­o­ries!

Chris­tine shared her mem­o­ries of a jour­ney home in Lon­don’s fog

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