Jesse Spillane is a member of the Cardiff Friendship Force Club. The group was set up to organise international exchanges between families. Jesse has been involved with the organisation since it began in 1980.
After the air raid we had to put ourselves on the mercy of my father's aunt who took us in and she had, had incendiary bombs through the upper part of her house so we couldn't use the bedrooms. Nothing was fixed because of course all the men were off at war. This is how a lot of women came to do DIY. So we used to sleep on mattresses on the floor. You went and got your mattress at night and bought it downstairs and that is where you slept. That is where we stayed until we managed to find a house. There were 4 generations living in that little house on Homesdale Street in Grangetown. We stayed there for 18 months. Here is the most amazing thing to me and of human kind. When our place was destroyed the doors and windows were blown off. When we went back to get our things nothing had been touched. There was no looting, everything was in tact. I don't think you would find that today. Community today doesn't mean what community used to mean. People are a lot more insular they don't interact in the way that they used to. We used to walk everywhere because we didn't have cars, you only had to stand outside your door to see someone you knew. You would walk to your local shop. Today you have to get in your car drive to the shop you walk around the shop then get back in your car, usually without talking to anyone. I think this reason why it is not so safe at night. If you went out for a walk or went to your local there would be oodles of people about walking, now everybody goes by car and the streets are deserted.