At the end of April, we reached out to our customers via email, asking them to share their stories, reflecting on a time gone by as a way to stay connected to those that were in isolation. We had an incredible response, with over 100 messages from people willing to share their experiences with us!
Charlie wrote to tell us of his love of model boats, a passion he has had since 1943, when at just 9 years old he was given his first model boat by a neighbour. Charlie went on to say how much he was missing his marine modelling club meetings, they usually meet twice a week for sailing at the local pond, but due to the lockdown this has not been possible. Keeping in touch with other members through email, Charlie circulated the photo of himself with some of his boats in and around his little pond including ducks (some toilet variety) to indicate how much he missed the real activity
VE Day Memories
We heard from Eleanor, who sent us this wonderful picture of the VE day celebrations here in Edinburgh. Eleanor’s father can be seen playing the bagpipes on the right hand side, along with her mother and aunt in the middle.
Maureen In Gloucester shared her memories of the day,
“The adults arranged a tea party for us at the local Services Club. There were rows of trestle tables and rations had been sacrificed to give us a great tea with sandwiches, cakes and jelly and as you can see in the photograph orange squash!”
Derek Chilvers in Ipswich got in touch to share his story. Derek served as a Rifleman with the Suffolk Regiment and was deployed to Cyprus in 1958/59. He shared his memories of his time there including seeing the singer Yana (remember her?!) perform, who was there entertaining the troops!