Who Cared About The Deptford Boy?: The Hollies Childrens Home Les Welling

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Published: October 10th 2014

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143 pages


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Who Cared About The Deptford Boy?: The Hollies Childrens Home  by  Les Welling

Who Cared About The Deptford Boy?: The Hollies Childrens Home by Les Welling
October 10th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 143 pages | ISBN: | 5.53 Mb

This is the true story of my growing up in the austere fifties and, with two of my brothers and sisters was taken into care by the Local Authority and placed into The Hollies Childrens Home in Sidcup. My story charts its way through some difficultMoreThis is the true story of my growing up in the austere fifties and, with two of my brothers and sisters was taken into care by the Local Authority and placed into The Hollies Childrens Home in Sidcup. My story charts its way through some difficult times and situations and it tells of the punishments received for even the smallest misdemeanours and infraction of the rules.

However, for the first time I had security, a clean bed, regular good food and holidays- it gave me somewhere to play other than bomb sites. This book is not intended to be a social history of the fifties, nor is it a history of The Hollies Children Home, but it does touch on both. It is a fascinating and sometimes moving account of my early life in care. Paul Krawczynski who runs The Hollies Reunion Group writes: Some Hollies kids suffered badly at the hands of the very people whose job it was to help, support and guide them.

Many have never told friends, their partners or their children that they were in care. The Hollies children were very young boys and girls, many of whom had never been more than a few miles from their home before being taken into care. Some had never seen green fields or farm animals. When I joined The Hollies reunion group a few years ago, I was struck by how deeply their memories of so long ago are etched: memories of fear, pain and loss painted in intense primary colours- memories, too, of an extraordinary comradeship.

Some of their recollections I has used in this book and I owes a great debt of gratitude to those who were prepared to share them with me. They have done so, not from pride or pleasure at the recollections of the past, but as an act of remembrance.



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