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Readers' memories on 50th anniversary of Kennedy death

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

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THE recent 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, brought back many memories for readers.

The popular story is that everyone remembers where they were when they heard the dreadful news from Dallas, Texas (pictured right).

We asked Bugle readers for their recollections of that fateful day and several responded online.

Desmond Thorpe wrote: "I was eight and I can't remember what I was doing when I heard but, strangely enough, I remember the previous year's talks with Khrushchev in the missile crisis very well as everyone was talking about it and it was always on the news."

Jennifer Davey said: "I was on the bus, coming home from my municipal college French evening class. How can I forget? I did not believe it."

Moe Lakin said: "I was waiting to go into the Odeon, Dudley," while Monica Mocroft remembers she was "at home, doing homework and listening to Radio Luxembourg."

Victor Hopkins posted on our Facebook page: "I had just put the radio on in the car when it was announced. It's something that I have never forgotten and never will."

Regular Bugle contributor Jill Guest said: "I was making crackers for the Christmas fair at church. As you say, you never forget where you were."

And Barbara Southward remembers very well where she was when the news came through. She wrote: "I was on the corner of Hall Street in Dudley, opposite Hobbs fish and chip shop. I was with the other guides from my company and our captain had just been to buy us chips as a treat. She came across and said 'Have you heard the news? Kennedy's been shot.' One of the other guides said, 'Dead?' and she replied, 'yes'. I went cold and we went down to the guide hut and ate our chips in silence. The next day my mom and I went into Dudley on the bus and it was a packed but it was eerily silent."

Do you remember where you were and what your were doing when you heard of President Kennedy's shooting? Contact editor@blackcountrybugle.co.uk or write to 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL

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