Last Wednesday evening that I heard from Derek Paul that beacons were being lit around the Country on Friday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of V.E.Day; no direction this time from Bruno Peek, Her Majesty The Queen’s Pageant Master, (and I think that nationally this all became buried by “The Election”) so it was a very late decision to join in the celebrations if possible. I managed to track down the beacon on Thursday evening and, at 8 pm on Friday, on Pauls Lane Car Park, we made Overstrand’s Contribution. Two or three Councillors, two or three members of Overstrand Together, a few local residents and even a few holiday-makers stood, in the pouring rain, to spend a minute in silence, reflecting on those who were lost. The beacon was then lit, and we gave three cheers for those who had come back. I am so sorry that we had such little time both to organise this, and to publicise it earlier, and I must thank Overstrand Together who did the collecting, the erecting and even the lighting of the beacon. A great joint effort, and the first of many I hope.
Joan Mapperley – Clerk to Overstrand Parish Council
Many thanks to Michael Rozycki for the photos