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Season 31 Episode 35

Evacuees Special

Aired Unknown Sep 01, 2019 on
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It was the greatest family and social upheaval ever experienced in Britain. Over the course of three days, 1.5 million people waved goodbye to their families as they headed off into the unknown - sent to live with strangers. 80 years ago to the day, on 1 September 1939, the first wave of evacuees were sent from towns and cities, under the threat of enemy bombers, to the safety of the countryside. It shaped the lives of a whole generation and its effects are still felt today. In this special programme, Steve Brown retraces his grandmother Rose's evacuation from Croydon to Cornwall.moreless

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