The Spirit of Normandy Trust is currently
receiving a very high number of requests
to interview Normandy Veterans, many of which we are still working on to
achieve the best results. The process is lengthy and complicated because of the
GDPR regulations, and takes a great deal of time. The Trust has no employed staff and every
request needs to be actioned by a limited number of volunteer staff. Additionally we have a duty of care to the
veterans to ensure that they are not exhausted by the number of interview that
they are asked to undertake. Therefore, regrettably, we are unable to accept
any new media requests relating to D Day veterans at this time.
A producer from swiss public radio (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen) is currently preparing a nationwide broadcast about the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The producer is very interested in talking to a Normandy veteran. Please can email us if you are a veteran or know of a veteran who wouldn’t mind speaking to a reporter. I can then put you in contact with the producer over email. Many thanks.
Click on this Email to get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit this link from The Star to read about Sheffield war veterans who scattered sand from the beaches of Normandy whilst planting a tree in memory of the fallen.
The Primary School Winner is St Stephen’s School, Fradley
The Year 5&6 children of St Stephen’s School put a huge amount of effort into researching Fradley during World War 2. They compiled a folder of work which encompassed a number of topics around Fradley during the war including the air hangers, Pill Boxes, Grave Stones and street names. There was also a focus of Remembrance in their folder.
The Key Stage 3 Winner was Isabella Prince from Framlingham College
Isabella wrote an essay entitled ‘Did Bawdsey Radar Station deserve a £1.4 million Grant’? This topic was very well researched especially as Isabella took the time to visit Bawdsey transmitter block in person. The essay discusses the historical importance of radar in WW2, how it was invented and used and why Bawdsey deserves a Heritage Grant. Photos of Isabella below who received her award at the Normandy Veterans Reunion in October.
The Key Stage 3 Highly Commended Local History Prize Winner was Emily Corkish from Ramsey Grammar School. Emily wrote an excellent essay around the significant role of the Isle of Man in the second world war which covered the changes to the island and the day to day operation at the airfields, radar sites, camps and ranges.
The attached leaflet sets out details of the Normandy Memorial Wall which will be unveiled at the D-Day Story (Formerly the D-Day Museum) Clarence Esplanade, Southsea Portsmouth PO5 3NT on 6th June.
For a minimum cost of £100 an engraved brick bearing a Normandy Campaign veteran’s name can be engraved on a brick. The proceeds after the cost of installation and maintenance will go towards an ongoing education programme, for not only schools but also for a wider audience.
More details can be found on their website www.theddaystory.com
Telephone 023 9288 2555 Wall Leaflet (1)