War memories

SIR - Bideford 500, the town’s Heritage Project, is hoping to collect as many memories as possible about the Second World War that local people may still be able to recount.

As the project has a special connection with the USA memories of the GIs “invasion will be of particular interest.

While the project has brought together many examples of films, photographs, written articles and unearthed information from archives, it is still keen to bring the personal experiences of local people during this period into prominence.

WW2 must still remain a significant part of the lives of those who lived in Bideford during 1939 to 1945. It’s their memories, recollections and possibly even their photographs which would add so much value to this project.

In addition to the local residents who remained in Bideford it would be interesting to hear about the recollections of local servicemen and women, memories of the Home Guard and any memories of the activities of the Bideford Cleave Wood Auxiliary Unit.

If anyone can remember, for instance, particulars of the visit of Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower to the town then the project needs to hear from them.

Bideford 500 aims to develop a practical resource about the period, one that can be left for future generations to both use and enjoy.

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The contact for any information is Louise Howell at BidefordWW2@gmail.com or on 01237 421347.

Louise Howell, Bideford

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