Cardigan Avenue, Air raid Shelter

15th October 1940 View of Mr. and Mrs. Fawcett posing in their strengthened coal cellar, used as an air raid shelter, at number 11 Cardigan Avenue. The very small space, only 6'(1.80 metres) by 8'(2.40) metres, has been given every creature comfort including cheerful wallpaper, decorative pictures, soft furnishings, flowers, an attractive electric light and a heater. There is a cot for the baby and a table and chairs. Mr. and Mrs. Fawcett are demonstrating how comfortable they can be in their shelter with some reading material to keep them occupied. There are three cases hung on the wall probably containing gas masks. This air raid shelter attracted the attention of the A.R.P. Committee during one of their inspections. It then appeared in a newspaper article (The Yorkshire Evening News) where the positive efforts of the Fawcetts' were praised by the Chairman of the committee, Councillor H. W. Sellers. They were an example of how people could 'use their own ingenuity to make them (shelters) homely'. He went on to say that many people who had initially refused to allow the Corporation to install shelters for their homes had since demanded them 'as soon as trouble came'.

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