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02 March 2007

The class of ’45 - preview

Pam Manasseh edited The Beacon, newsletter of Marazion PM, Penzance. Stuck for material in 1995, she penned the following for the 50th anniversary of the end of WW2, recalling her schooldays in 1945.

I am a small girl once more, waking with twenty-three others in our dormitory of iron bedsteads
  • Bare wooden floor boards, blackout curtain at the windows and my 'space' is a chair beside the bed, a drawer in one of the several chests and two coat hangers in the communal wardrobe
  • One hanger carries the navy dress for wear on Sundays, the other the 'changing dress', worn after lessons which finish at lunchtime on Wednesdays and Saturdays

  • I rise and wash at one of the ten basins side by side in the bathroom where there is also a structure with hooks carrying the towels and sponge bags of the fifty girls who share this bathroom and the two WCs
  • The water will be lukewarm, as it will be for the weekly bath and for hairwash every third Wednesday afternoon

  • Pam Manasseh

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