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Evacuees in the frame

PUBLISHED: 12:51 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

A FAMILY of WWII evacuees has been featured on a Royal Mail stamp released today in honour of the dramatic role of Kent during the conflict.

A FAMILY of WWII evacuees has been featured on a Royal Mail stamp released today in honour of the dramatic role of Kent during the conflict.

Barbara Southard, 76, of Fairwater Avenue, Welling, was evacuated with her brother John and sister Rosemary when she was around six years old.

She spent a summer and winter living in Chislehurst Caves with her siblings which she described as a "frightening experience".

Mrs Southard, who used to work at the post office in Greenwich, said: "We used to be scared of ghosts and of bats. We would cover our hands over our head until we got into our bunk beds."

The photo of the youngsters was only found five years ago and shows the trio at Kings Cross station before they were taken to Northampton and later to Chislehurst.

The Royal Mail stamps commemorate the 70th anniversary of the evacuation in 1940 from May 27 to June 4 which Sir Winston Churchill described as a 'miracle'.

Royal Mail has paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who helped in the war effort by publishing the eight Britain Alone stamps.

They show civil defence organisations like the Home Guard, alongside the 80,000 strong Women's Land Army but also focus on the young evacuees, the contribution of the Royal princesses and Sir Winston Churchill.

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