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June 9, 2014 / peoplesbookprize

D-Day remembered – The Kid on Slapton Beach…

charly'swaterstonesThe people gathering at Waterstones on the Isle of Wight for D-Day Remembered on Wednesday evening had stories to tell. Tying in with Felicity Fair Thompson’s book The Kid on Slapton Beach about the D-Day rehearsals, there was a quilt made by the Canadian Red Cross for one of the farmers who had to leave his farm in Slapton Sands. There were stories about the PLUTO fuel supplies coming from the Island that made the difference between success and failure of the D-Day Operations and reflected the other featured book The Story of Five Islands, written around those PLUTO installations.

People had personal experiences of life in the Armed Forces. A Charity raffle raised funds for St Vincent’s Ex-Servicemen’s Home in Ryde, and the D-Day competition was won by Patricia Thornborough.

Most of all Felicity said, the evening was to remember the sacrifices and bravery Allied forces involved in D-Day landings and the ordinary people who fought so hard and gave up so much to keep this country free.

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