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The night the wall came down

So is the fall of the Berlin wall one of those events in history that you remember what you were doing when it happened?

I was a student at Aberystwyth at the time. I was living out in a little village called Capel Bangor sharing a house with two other students. Then we heard news that the wall was coming down and Jurgen, who was from Berlin, jumped into his yellow Lada, roared off in the direction of the hills and was never seen again!

So, what were you doing on November 9th 1989?

Posted at 9th Nov 2009 - 04:29PM   Posted by Preseli Mags   The night the wall came down Comments: 10

I watched this on the TV, and was so pleased to see it happening.

I suspect I was looking after the kids at the time, Robyn would have been 5 months old and Tom 19 months old.

Posted by: Zoe on 9th Nov 2009 at 04:44PM

Peterwf's Avatar Not sure what I was doing, I remember it on the news.
I saw an interesting program at the weekend:
The Secret Life of the Berlin Wall
Part of the program detail the rise of the protest movement in Leipzig that led to the marches that opened the wall.
The program is still available on BBC iplayer , well worth a look.

Posted by: Peterwf on 9th Nov 2009 at 05:15PM

Faith's Avatar Same as Zoe - Em was 15 months, Cee was 10 years and I was a reg. childminder.

Posted by: Faith on 9th Nov 2009 at 06:37PM

Woozle1967's Avatar I was watching it on TV.

BTW, Mags, my mum and dad used to have a caravan at Capel Bangor and we were using it for hols/weekends at the same time you were there! You know the site - behind the pub on the 'main' road and there were those absolutely sweet tiny cottages at the very back with the gardens across the path? Their biggest regret is not buying one of those cottages (15k !!!!) AND there were grants to do them up too........ mind you they wouldn't be living near me now so things happen for a reason.

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 9th Nov 2009 at 09:52PM

Milkmaid's Avatar I met my Hubby then, was so in love and out most of the time, didn't watch much news, so it passed me by slightly. A bit ashamed to admit this but it's true.

Posted by: Milkmaid on 9th Nov 2009 at 10:07PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Are you talking about the Tynlidiart pub Woozle? I didn't live in a sweet cottage, it was an ex-local authority house, but it had a great view!

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Nov 2009 at 11:19PM

Frances's Avatar I was in London, on one of those November visits that were then routine for me. I do remember being so happy to learn the news, and then to begin wondering just what would be in store for all those East Germans.

Posted by: Frances on 10th Nov 2009 at 01:02AM

Ivy's Avatar I was at home watching TV all evening always fearing that one of those "concrete heads" would shoot into the crowd. I was soo relieved when they just retreated. The problem was that so many soldiers were not informed that they just did not believe it when they were told what Schabowski had said on tv. (after all he misinterpreted the real orders)

Posted by: Ivy on 10th Nov 2009 at 08:36AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I don't remember - I know I was very pregnant with Robot Boy . . . and I do remember it being broadcast on the TV - so I guess I was sitting in watching TV.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 10th Nov 2009 at 11:11AM

Salle de Bain's Avatar I remember watching it on a little white plastic portable TV which stood on top of a tea chest with a piece of plywood and a table cloth on it. We were doing up our first cottage in Cornwall. Keeping my two year old daughter out of the mud and debris was quite an art....but I remember clearly watching the event and feeling so happy for people.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 10th Nov 2009 at 11:36AM

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