Moya McCarthy lived in Fulham, west London, during the Blitz. She had been evacuated from the city twice, but ended up back in the capital permanently from July 1942. During air raids, she was ushered down into the coal cellar for protection.

"My grandmother, who was great at improvising, put up umbrellas so that when the house shook and all the bits fell out of the brickwork, they landed on the umbrella before they landed on us," McCarthy says.

She also describes as "eerie" her return to London from evacuation because no other children she knew were around in the city, adding it was like a "Pied Piper experience".

As part of a trio of short films featuring those who experienced the war, to mark 70 years since VE Day, McCarthy shares her story with IBTimes UK.