Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

Elmwood Avenue, Belfast was home to Moya Woodside, a Mass Observation Diarist who maintained a detailed journal of the early years of the Second World War.

The construction of air raid shelters at the end of the avenue continues apace, but from their position, it is obvious that there will be many traffic accidents during the winter black-out. My maid comments on the openings to the shelter, and says it is a good thing they face towards the centre of the avenue, as otherwise coming home at night after dark, she might expect to be pulled inside off the pavement and embraced. It seems shelters are now very popular for courting couples, as well as providing opportunities for ill-disposed men.