LANt008 Gordon Beardsley
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Can you remember when a bomb dropped on Melbourne? Gordon Beardsley
talks about his life in the Melbourne area of The National Forest.
'Planes seem to provide a thought provoking link in this recording,
from the Luftwaffe to the passenger airliner that you can hear passing
overhead. Gordon relates his memories of the effects of war on the
area and talks of the time that a bomb was dropped on Melbourne
killing 9 people. He recalls how his school was made into a gas
cleansing centre "there were several classrooms filled with
showers - so if they [the Luftwaffe] ever did drop gas we could
get showered off". Listen to memories of Melbourne's well-known
market gardening industry and hear a strange tale of 'serendipity'
when Oral Historian Roger Kitchen discovers that he is staying that
night in Gordon's old home!
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 22/02/2005
Landshape Zone: Melbourne Parklands
Location: Melbourne, Derbyshire,
Date of birth:1928
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.