D-Day event celebrates heroism

By David Newble

Friday, June 6, 2014

 

D-Day event celebrates heroism

Literary event for the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Waterstones. Front from left senior book seller Denise Marshall, Felicity Fair Thompson, Crawford Ivin (correct), and Ian Ward

THE HEROISM of the D-Day landings 70 years ago were recalled at a literary evening staged at Waterstones, bookshop, Newport on Wednesday.

Isle of Wight author Felicity Fair Thompson, who wrote The Kid on Slapton Beach, was among the guest speakers at the evening which included a competition sponsored by the County Press.

Felicity’s book recounts the story of a 12-year-old boy caught up in the secret rehearsals for D-Day by American troops in Devon.

On show was a quilt made by the Canadian Red Cross for a farmer forced to leave his farm at Slapton Sands because of the rehearsals.

Another author featured was Crawford Ivin whose book, 'The Story of Four Islands’ celebrates the PLUTO pipeline, one of the most important and best kept secrets of the war and which ran from the Isle of Wight to France.

A charity raffle raised funds for St Vincent’s hone for ex service personnel in Ryde.

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

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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