The kindness of strangers

Tim and Huw Thomas as children, with their grandmother
We were very poor and like millions of other British people we were on strict rations. The arrival of the food parcel was a red letter day in our family. Much of the contents I had never heard of before, let alone eaten.

In those days, for English people, America was an almost mythical country, so huge, so rich and so generous. We forget how much we owe to the Americans for their generosity.

Tim Thomas, pictured (above right) with his brother Huw and their grandmother, Chrissie Hatton, who helped organise delivery of CARE packages in Warminster, Wiltshire, through the local Women’s Voluntary Service (now WRVS)