WITH reference to the letter from Sybil Atkins, I can also recall US soldiers in Solihull. At that time I attended St Alphege C of E school.
Some of the soldiers were billeted at the George Hotel opposite the school. After school when we saw the soldiers we would say to them: “Got any gum, chum?”
My mother and father, William and Edith Webb were caretakers of the two Methodist churches in Station Road. The first, known as the Old Chapel, was used by the soldiers as a recreation hall for table tennis, cards etc.
I sometimes went with my mother when she went there to make tea for them. There was a canteen where they could get chocolate, cigarettes, coffee and even doughnuts, which were sent to them from America. As it was war time I had never seen so many luxuries.
Jean Alder, Lode Lane, Solihull.