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Jean Durant

Jean Durant Report 22 Jun 2008 12:27

When I heard of John Kennedy's assassination
I was dishing up dinner.

When the death of Marilyn Monroe was announced I was doing the ironing.

When John Lennon died I was typing and listening to the radio.

My daughter woke me up on a Sunday morning to tell me Princess Diana had died.

I was doing the school run when I was told of the twin towers collapse.

I honestly can't remember what I was doing when I heard that Elvis had died.

Jean x.

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥ Report 22 Jun 2008 11:22

Absolutely right was a disgrace!


AnnCardiff Report 22 Jun 2008 11:20

at Aberfan when you pass through you can see the memorial site with an arch for each person who was killed - row upon row - what has always angered me is that the government used the money raised from all over the world for the disaster fund, to clear the tip when in fact it should have been the National Coal Board and the Government's place to pay for it

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥

♥ Kitty the Rubbish Cook ♥ Report 22 Jun 2008 11:15

I heard the news that Elvis had died round Mum's it came on the sister said she couldn't go to work as she was so upset.................Mum said "don't be so dramatic, you aren't related to him!!" and made her go:))

When Diana died, our daughter woke us to say it was on all the TV stations.

When the Aberfan disaster happened it was on the news at home and it was the first time I saw Mum and Dad cry..................I was 12 and our school held a special assembly to pray for all of them.

I also remember the Queen crying when she visited the site.


OH Report 22 Jun 2008 10:49

Where were you when Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin in 1972 Xmas?

I was at home teazin the heck out of me sister,
also named Tracy and with temper just like the cyclone.

eh eh


FUZZY BEAR Report 22 Jun 2008 10:37

only about 4 when elvis died so don't know what i was doing.

when diana died i was at a birthday "do" on a riverboat in chester........called the lady know remember exactly where i was then.


AnnCardiff Report 22 Jun 2008 10:22

Aberfan - over 100 children killed - I think it was 129 people altogether - it was Friday 22nd October 1966 [could have been 21st] children had just gone into infants'junior school and at five past nine a coal tip slid down the mountain and engulfed the school and some houses - had it happened about five or so minutes before there would have been less loss of life by a mile.

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 22 Jun 2008 01:12

~~~~anyone else remember where they were .what they were doing...??~~~

when Elvis.....& Diana died~~

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 22 Jun 2008 00:42

well you were certaimly not an embryo.perhaps you were living in a bubble...?


Eldrick Report 22 Jun 2008 00:38

I was too young to remember elvis croaking it.

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 22 Jun 2008 00:22

~~how many children were killed in that disaster?..I saw clips yrs later..know it was a lot..~~

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 22 Jun 2008 00:01

~~I was on internet at time..(t.v had broken down two days earlier..and we had just got it mended at a cost of £150)..I looked up at think I was watching a disaster movie..turned volume my shock..horror..That day was like Dianas death..I could not believe what I was seeing..~~

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 21 Jun 2008 23:55

~~Okay...heres another one to add to the equation....

The World trade centre.....where and what was you doing then?

Wild Cat

Wild Cat Report 21 Jun 2008 23:52

Tory was teddy girl & in in Fareham High St,when she heard bout Elvis & was in tears , i was at home saw it on news.
Aberfan was one that hit me too


Eeyore13 Report 21 Jun 2008 23:50

Elvis-listening to the chart show on Radio 1.
Diana-getting ready to go to the Woodpecker Rally,didn't go 'cause it made me feel sick.


suzian Report 21 Jun 2008 23:47

Yes, Ophelia

I was about 8 and I came home from school and mum was crying. those images have stayed with me.



♥**♥Straykitten♥**♥ Report 21 Jun 2008 23:44

well elvis died i was still a twinkle in me dads eye hehe "winks"

when diana died i had slept at our angels and i came dwn to mam n angel sat sombre watching the telly

i to was gutted

Joanne in Burgess Hill™

Joanne in Burgess Hill™ Report 21 Jun 2008 23:44

Elvis died during the summer holidays. It was the same year as the jubilee, and my nan bought me and my cousin jubilee scrap books to fill in. Mine was filled with various newspaper cut outs and even the milk bottle tops - they were silver with little crowns over them. I still have it safely stored away.

My cousin filled hers with Elvis pics and newspaper. cutouts.
I don't remember his death being announced, but vividly remember the front page of the The Sun that had a picture of him laying in his coffin.

I woke up Sunday morning and switched on the TV to watch Hollyoaks, and found out about Diana. Couldn't believe what I was hearing, and stayed glued to the telly all day.

It was my cousins birthday and it sort of passed by quietly.

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 21 Jun 2008 23:41

~~~was that the Welsh disaster when all the school children died Suzian?..Was too young..but saw coverage yrs later..~~

*Ophelia.taking a break..*

*Ophelia.taking a break..* Report 21 Jun 2008 23:37

~~fascinating to hear all your accounts of where you were..puts a different perspective on it...~~

( : (..sorry Mary to hear you lost your son.x)