close this book"For a long time you didn't believe that it was real" : living through World War II in Hamilton
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Discusses music, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Gramophones, memory of first radio.

Hamilton Operatic and pantomimes, movies on Saturday afternoon, serials more important than movie.

Mentions Peachgrove Road circus, fire there one night.

Ambition to perform, sing, mentions local singer Myra Booth. Joan left school to look after her mother, older sister couldn't realise her ambition to be a teacher either (became father's secretary).