Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Polish names on Southport

 On Sunday morning as we were all waiting in the Mayor's Parlour prior to assembling at the War memorial Pat Keith and I fell into conversation with Sefton's first Leader of the Councillor Tom Glover. Tom had two medals pinned to his coat. The one that interested me was the award he got from the Communist Polish Government. Tom explained that he had arranged for the names of Polish Servicemen to be added to the War Memorial.

At a time when there is so much bile and nonsense is spoken about Polish people it is important to remember their significant contribution to winning WW2. Their part tends to get played down in British War time movies but history does show us how crucial a part they played in -for example -the Battle of Britain. The war time play Flare Path -revived in London a couple of years ago to coincide with the centenary of  Terrance Rattigan birth-features a polish pilot and his wife (played by Sheridan Smith. Radio 3 also broadcast the play. Rattigan was part of a squadron and his play better reflects the part that polish people played .

Next time you walk along Lord Street pause to read the names on the memorial. As the poet said:
 “When you go Home, tell them of us and say,
 For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”

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