Eastbourne Mayor Commemorates Channel Crossing During WW2

Sunday 24th September 2017

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A delegation from Eastbourne, led by the town’s Mayor, has travelled to Fort Mahon-Plage in France to commemorate the crossing of the English Channel by five young men, all under 20-years-old during the Second World War. The men, made the journey in two canoes on 16/17 September 1941, to escape from Nazi occupied France to join the Free French Army with General de Gaulle. The Mayor, Councillor Pat Hearn, led the group, who attended the laying of a wreath by French schoolchildren as part of the Commemoration Ceremony at the FM-P War Memorial. The Commemoration has been taking place for six years with either them coming over to Eastbourne one year and us going there the following year. There is a memorial on top of Beachy Head and exactly the same in FM-P. Eastbourne’s Mayor presented the Mayor if FM-P, Monsieur Allain Baillet, with a picture of Beachy Head Lighthouse, a DVD about Eastbourne and a book titled, The Fishermen of Eastbourne, by Ted Hide.

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