Residents at Cranmer Court in Warlingham, held a tea party this morning to commemorate the D-Day Landings on their 75th anniversary. The activities room had been decorated with Union Jack bunting, the chefs had made red, white and blue cupcakes, and “Alexa” was playing a variety of songs from the 1940s.
During the morning residents spent time reminiscing about where they were at the time. Noel had been dancing on a bar in Stratford, Diana was at school, Avril was in Burma and Cynthia was in India. Marion told us that her brother had played some part in the organisation of D-Day; he was 21 and for days prior to the landings he carried maps with him wherever he went, keeping them with him at all times. She said that other than knowing afterwards that he had been involved she didn’t have any details as it had all been Top Secret.
Margaret was a member of “The Wrens” (WRNS – Women of the Royal Naval Services). She recalled that her cousin was a member of The Wrens before her, and she had been extremely envious and couldn’t wait to join. Margaret told us that she was at the Southend Naval Base on D-Day. She said that they didn’t know it was D-Day until it was happening, but that from the increase in shipping activity they knew that something was going on. Margaret recalled a poem from her time at Southend, although she is not sure now whether she wrote the poem or where it originated from. “Happy days were spent down here, in the base and on the pier, fighting to the bitter end, the war at sea around Southend”. Margaret said that Southend was a dangerous place to be during the war due to its location on the Thames Estuary, “What better way for the Germans to find London than to fly straight along the River Thames?”. She recalled that when the air raid sirens sounded they would take cover anywhere, even in doorways, just to try to avoid the shrapnel.
Karen, our Health & Wellbeing Supervisor, read stories from the BBC website about three individuals who had experienced the D-Day Landings in different ways; one US veteran and two French civilians. The stories reminded us all of the sacrifices that were made, and there was barely a dry eye in the room. Residents then retired to the lounges where they watched the television coverage of the events to mark the anniversary. We are all forever grateful to those who fought for our freedom.
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