ENA PEDLEY ARTICLE: Tales from childhood
I READ with interest your article about Ena Pedley, as Ena and I started school in the same class at Tydd Junior School. By the time we were seven we could both read and write and spell words properly so we were sent on to the Senior School. The teacher t
I READ with interest your article about Ena Pedley, as Ena and I started school in the same class at Tydd Junior School.
By the time we were seven we could both read and write and spell words properly so we were sent on to the Senior School.
The teacher there often made me read to the whole class but Ena absolutely refused to do that and she argued that they would never learn to read if they only listened to her reading - even at that young age she was already independent.
We were teenagers during the war and our main entertainment was Saturday cinema. Ena was passionate about Western films; she would arrive at the cinema in her full cowboy outfit with a cap gun in each holster. If there was a gun fight on the screen Ena would fire off a few shots, and then shout out "I got him".
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I also remember at the VE celebrations Ena walked into the bar of the Five Bells and recited a long poem in which she mentioned all those by name who had served in the Forces, including a solemn tribute to one lad whose ship was lost to a torpedo attack.
You called Ena an eccentric - she wasn't the only one at Tydd but I think she will be the most remembered.
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