Muriel reminded of time at station

Former Wren Muriel Davison,89, who was stationed at Irton Moor between 1943 and 1945, at her book signing at Waterstones on Saturday, pictured talking with John Kendrick, whose mother worked at the wireless station at the same time. 120481a Picture by Andrew Higgins 28/01/12
Former Wren Muriel Davison,89, who was stationed at Irton Moor between 1943 and 1945, at her book signing at Waterstones on Saturday, pictured talking with John Kendrick, whose mother worked at the wireless station at the same time. 120481a Picture by Andrew Higgins 28/01/12

MEMORIES of Scarborough in wartime came flooding back for many when a former WREN was in town to launch her new book.

Grandmother Muriel Davison, 89, was overwhelmed by the response at the signing at Waterstones, Westborough.

“I spoke to people whose relatives worked at the Y Station on Irton Moor, where I was based from 1943 to 1945.

“One customer’s mother was a teleprinter operator there at the same time as me,” she said.

John Kendrick, from Scalby, described how his mother Hilda Simpson worked the teleprinters between 1942 and 1945. Mrs Kendrick is now in a Scarborough residential home and is enjoying reading the wartime reminiscences.

A Wren’s Tale describes life in wartime Scarborough and the important role the wireless station had in collecting coded messages from German U-boats which were despatched to the secret decoding base at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire.

Mrs Davison, of Hook, Surrey, was a radio mechanic at the now-GCHQ centre.

A Wren’s Tale costs £5.95 and is available at Waterstones. It is also available at the Heritage and Maritime Museum and on eBay.