Evacuee Rita looks for wartime family

Edgeway Road, South Shore, Blackpool
Edgeway Road, South Shore, Blackpool
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The son of a Second World War evacuee wants to reunite his mother with the family who sheltered her from the Blitz as a special 80th birthday treat.

Paul Blandford’s mother Rita (nee Palmer) was evacuated from North London to Edgeway Road, South Shore, in 1941 and wants to trace people who know any relations or friends of the Webster family who looked after her.

Rita lived with the Webster family, of Edgeway Road, South Shore, who had three children - Graham, Norma and third child whose name she has forgot.

Paul, 42, who now lives on the North Norfolk coast, is appealing to Gazette readers to help Rita bring back memories of her wartime home.

He said: “We decided about a year to get as much information as we could from mum about her childhood and her past.

“She went back to Blackpool in 2005 to the property and spoke to the people who lived there, but it’s not the same family.

“If any of the family were still alive that would be the perfect thing, or if we could find anyone who just had any information on the siblings or their children.

Anyone who can help Paul with his search can contact him on (01485) 601485 or email him at paulblandford71@yahoo.co.uk

Rita escapes German bombing raids

The evacuation at the outbreak of the Second World War saw three million women and children evacuated from Britain’s largest cities to the relative safety of the countryside in order to avoid German bombing raids.

Rita was initially evacuated from Islington, in London, with her older brother to Leicester.

However they were sent to different families, and unfortunately the father of the family she was sent to live with died so she was sent to Blackpool in around 1941, where she remained until the end of the war.

She was reunited with her parents after the wartime bombing ended.

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