On 11th Nov 2018 at 1.45pm on BBC1 Songs of Praise Remembrance special from Southampton. Katherine Jenkins interviews Shirley born, FoSJP member, Don Smith. Don shares memories of Spitfire production in Shirley (one of the Shadow factories was the now Shirley Parish Hall, then a Temperance Hall).
During WW2 the RAF and WAAF operated a barrage balloon in the then Shirley Recreation Ground that helped protect these Shirley shadow factories from enemy attack from the skies. At the Nov History meeting we were loaned a book called, ‘Up She Goes’ by Joan Vass, a novel based on the memories of a Shirley Rec WAAF barrage balloon operator