After leaving their home in Sussex, Tony and his sister were evacuated to Stoke-on-Trent. They were billeted together with Mrs Deville in Water Street, Boothen. The pot banks and strange accents made a big impression on him, and he can remember having his first oatcake, which he loved!
He was elated when his mother, who he found out later was a ‘potter’ herself, joined them both three years later. They rented a house a few streets away from Water Street. He has never been back to Bexhill.