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ViewpointsMemories of smoke guns.

With reference to Josie Jenkins and Ray Fisher's letter concerning 'Smoking Guns', I remember these as oil burners to be used to provide a smoke screen on moonlit nights.

I then resided in Vale Street, Barry. These burners were placed one every five houses on the pavement and people would be advised by their local ARP warden if they were to be lit so as to ensure windows and doors were closed.

I also recall, on a number of occasions, mobile apparatus being towed by Army lorries used in the vicinity of All Saints Church, Park Crescent and Salisbury Road.

Like many children our daily lives and entertainment were barrage balloons, mobile anti-aircraft gun smoke screens (to be lit unofficially) and picking up metal pieces from previous night raids.

How did we survive by playing in the street, hopscotch, marbles in the gutter, conkers, British bulldog, skipping and ropes off lampposts?

Could today's children be as free as we were?

Oh! For a Health and Safety officer and a political correct procedure in those days!

Malcolm Grant Heol Iscard, Rhiwbina, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 26, 2006
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