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Former Wren Muriel Davison with her book A Wren's Tale: The Secret Link to Bletchley Park

Former Wren Muriel Davison with her book A Wren's Tale: The Secret Link to Bletchley Park

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A FORMER WREN who was posted in Scarborough during the Second World War has written a book about her time working at the town’s secret listening station.

Muriel Davison, 89, was a radio mechanic at the Y station in Scarborough between 1943 and 1945.

Wren march past in The Crescent published in A Wren's Tale: The Secret Link to Bletchley Park, written by Muriel Davison

Wren march past in The Crescent published in A Wren's Tale: The Secret Link to Bletchley Park, written by Muriel Davison

More than 50 years later she has written a book about her experiences.

Entitled A Wren’s Tale: The Secret Link to Bletchley Park, the book relates how messages would be intercepted in Scarborough from German U-boats and taken to Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire to be deciphered.

Accompanied by more than 50 previously unseen photographs, Mrs Davison’s memoirs and anecdotes include drinking coffee in Rowntree’s, buying material for woolly knickers from Johnson’s, seeing the blip of a U-boat, dancing at the Royal Hotel and celebrating VE Day in Scarborough.

Mrs Davison, who now lives in Surrey, was encouraged to record her memoirs by staff at Bletchley Park.

She said: “Nothing has previously been published about the work of the Wrens at Scarborough, so I hope that in describing my experiences I have provided an insight, however small, into the secretive but vital operations there during World War Two.

“I really enjoyed writing the book, and did it all from memory. I can remember it all very clearly, I can still see everyone’s faces and remember their names

“We were based at the Cecil Hotel, and then in The Crescent. I loved my time in Scarborough. I have been back lots of times.”

Mrs Davison is a long-serving member of the Kingston-upon-Thames Wrens Association, which meets every month.

Her book is now on sale and may be ordered by post from Mark Davison at North Bank, Smoke Lane, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7HJ, telephone (01737) 221215 or email mark.davison1@virgin.net