BBC Radio Gloucestershire this morning asked - Where were you and how did you learn of the death of the King?
I was finishing a kit build of a small radio and trying to align the insides with a strong signal.
In those days there was none better than the Droitwich 200 metres LW Home service with its huge transmitter power.
I switched on. All I could hear was a bong, and several seconds later another bell. Then at last a brief announcement of HM's death, which I must admit meant more to me in that the radio was working, than the death of George VI.
I was on my way to join a ship to the Far East. My marriage had to be brought forward and my honeymoon was cut short. I didn't see my wife again for two and a half years. Nowadays service people moan if they are separated for a few months. Back then it was the norm. (Oh yes, no phone calls, mobile phones hadn't been invented, the only contact we had was ordinary everyday letters).
I once posted a poll, asking people to indicate which age bracket they were in. The results were interesting - a surprisingly large percentage of those who responded were in the '55 to 65' bracket, quite a few were older.
FE. Yes and when you think about it, at that time there were a lot more ships in the Royal Navy in those days. So the same thing applied to thousands of others serving on board ship. There were about a thousand crew on the ship I was on. The same system was used in the Commando units, I had only been back for a couple of years after two and a half years in one of those units too.
I do remember that some senior officers who could afford it managed to fly their wives out to certain places to co-incide with the ships visits. But I know that Young Joe and old Joe were unable to do so.
It was hard for my wife too of course, but we managed to survive another 57 years together.
I was at primary school and we were doing some basic gym work in the school hall to a school radio show when it suddenly went dead. After a few minutes it came back on again with something like "The King is dead, long live the Queen"
We were sent home at lunchtime but many of us had clearly had no idea who the King was.