Playing war

At the end of the South Gare Breakwater at the mouth of the River Tees, two anti-aircraft guns were mounted, protected by rows of sandbags. Although the guns had been dismantled, the sandbagged structure remained till mid1955. Concrete pillboxes dotted the sand dunes as well as rusting strands of barbed wire. Many times, I re-enacted the war among the dunes of the Breakwater, playing with my friends Cliffy Williams, Eddy Watkins, and Tommy Woodrow. Penny bangers half buried in the sand were set off to repel the ‘German’ invaders.

Concrete pillbox remains

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