Family life: Bomb-shelter children’s party; Sly Stone’s I Want to Take You Higher; baked bean spaghetti

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Just before the London blitz started in September 1940, an underground shelter was established in Abbotts Park, Leyton, east London. My father, the Rev S Ernest Copp, was Methodist minister at the nearby Mary Fletcher Memorial church (it was closed in 1969, and demolished in 1971). The shelter became packed for hours with local people caught away from home and vulnerable out in the open when the air-raid siren went off.

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