Not being satisfied with a week’s leave, Len Lynch who had been at Erith Technical college with me and remained with me through National Service, contrived to keep getting to the back of the queue for the train until the train was full. Hoping to be sent home again we were disappointed when we were ordered to Goodge Street Deep Shelter – a warren of tunnels below the underground station used during the war, but then became a transit centre that could cater for 8000 troops. Entrance was by a steel door and spiral staircase. We were released during the day to come up for fresh air and spent the day visiting the sights of the City. Being in uniform opened a few doors; one in particular allowed us to climb to the top of St Paul’s cathedral – eventually to the top of the hollow cross via a ladder. The journey back the next day to Germany was a relief.