||In another part of the display, some cheerful
cards and a war time bag of Tate and Lyle sugar (which was
brought along by David Fitzgerald-Plummer) provide a less sombre
touch amongst the bullets and bandages.
||Henry Metzger trundled in a vast amount of hi-tech
equipment, which was quite beyond most of us - but we enjoyed
watching his videos of some of our events and some other local
activities. He also had a display about the Video Club of
which he is the Chairman.
Henry had also brought along a fascinating collection of old
photos of his family, going right back to his great-grandparents
in 19th century Poland. They were poignant reminders of
the personal upheavals caused by war.|
|Another great collection of war time memorabilia
came from Alf Lovell. Here our chairman, Alan Bickley, is
wondering if the cap fits.
||One item your reporter found particularly interesting
was a Christmas card sent home by the troops who liberated
Holland. They were led into The Hague by the Royal Princess
Irene Regiment of the Dutch Army, who had spent much of the war at
nearby Wrottesley Park.
||So, with a table of raffle prizes to the fore, we
were all set up and ready to start - though several people seem to
have got in already.
John Elwell had again come down from Yorkshire, and this time
not only with an enormous basket of fruit for the raffle but an
enormous basket of vegetables as well.
||As always our committee members were ready for the
off. Here are the Treasurer, Barbara Presland; committee
member Bill Pope; and Secretary Alma Darby, all ready to sign in
members, take donations and sell raffle tickets. With them are
long time members Margaret and Arthur Weston.