Remembering the D-Day Landings
We have just spent a few days away in a tiny village in Oxfordshire called North Aston, this is where Peter was evacuated out of London in 1944 when he was 9 years old, He was lucky enough to be sent to a stately home called North Aston Hall,
there were other London children staying there and also the children of the house, and they all ran riot over the wonderful countryside. An American Army Battalion was stationed in the grounds for a short while and the children made friends with these young men, more like boys really. One morning the children awoke to find the US encampment had disappeared, they had embarked for the Normandy Beaches, not one of them to return
Last week on 6 June a Memorial service was held in St. Mary’s church which is attached to North Aston Hall, to commemorate the service men who lost their lives on D-Day and all service personnel who have needlessly lost their lives through war
The owner of The Hall allowed it to be opened to the congregation of the church, and they laid on refreshments including wine and we were able to wander around the beautiful gardens,
we were also given a tour of the house which has changed out of all recognition, it’s rooms should now grace the pages of a Style Magazine, with Scandinavian and Hindu influences in the décor. Gone are the old suits of armour and the swords.
We also paid a visit to Banbury the home of the nursery rhyme;
Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
To see a Fine Lady on a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music where ever she goes.
I found the sculpture of the Fine lady so moving I could not stop photographing it, so look in the album you will see it from every angle.
Before we came home we were invited to the studios of BBC Radio Oxford where Peter and his sister gave a live interview to Sybil Roscoe on his experience as a 9 year old evacuee from London in 1944
I hope you will join with me in our special remembrance of all the service personnel who lost their lives at D-Day and in more recent times
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
PS Peter has written a childrens story based on his time at North Aston here is his web page