I hope l don’t come across as a scary bloke? Bath Newseum regular Terry Basson has sent me a ‘May l be so bold’ email which states:
‘The Evacuees of Suffolk
This year, we have celebrated the long life of our force’s sweetheart Vera Lynn. There’s been Victory in Europe, and ‘distanced’ street parties. We have also enjoyed some wonderful movies – Dunkirk – !917 – Winston’s Darkest Hour- Garry Oldman – what a year!
In my PJ’s today, I wandered out into my garage stubbing my toe in the dark on an old frame that had a red poppy attached. After regaining my composure, I picked up what had given me a painful shock.
This poster was about my Pop during WW2 and it mentioned the Suffolk Evacuees. Having read it through again, I thought, I might add a little more of ‘Pops Café’ other exploits with those young evacuee children, so far from home.
Dad placed an ad in the newspaper, inviting all Suffolk evacuees for a treat to the Saturday morning picture house, down by the town railway station. The children lined up in considerable numbers outside ‘The Cross’ pub.
Dad arranged with the local American 439th airbase to provide a band – he marched the kids down ‘Quay Street’ and the children felt really important. How do I know this – because I was there with them. My Splendid Pop! ‘
Terry then emailed again and added another photo and message.