Fairfield House celebrates VE Day

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Guest speaker Cheryl Lydgate in 1940s dress and a uniformed ‘soldier’ meet WWII veteran Flight Lieutenant Alan Bryett, a survivor of the real ‘Great Escape’ who now lives at Fairfield House

RESIDENTS of Fairfield House in Lyme Regis were joined by children from St Michael’s Primary School to mark VE Day this week. 

Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day – May 9 1945 – marked Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its Armed Forces at the end of the Second World War and is still celebrated today.

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The guest speakers chat to residents about their wartime memories

Many residents at Fairfield House care home were taken on a trip down memory lane when guest speaker Cheryl Lydgate arrived in 1940s dress, accompanied by a uniformed ‘solider’, to teach the visiting children about VE Day and show them many wartime household items, including clothes, toys, ration books and gas masks.

There was also a chance for the visitors to meet Flight Lieutenant Alan Bryett, now a resident at Fairfield, who was one of the survivors of the real ‘Great Escape’ having been imprisoned in Stalag Luft 3 during the Second World War.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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