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The Marie / Town Hall

 After the Crossroads Memorial to Pierre Zmyslony and the F.F.I. the parade marched to the Town Hall, In the foyer there is a large plaque to the people of  Vernon who lost their lives in conflicts. this was a very moving ceremony with the Mayor of Vernon giving a detailed account of the liberation of the town. this was reciprocated with a speech in fluent French, by our Branch President, Richard Fox, with the presenting of a framed Worcestershire Regimental badge with brass inscripted plate. A letter of freindship from the Mayor of Worcester Mr David Tibbutt was also handed to the Mayor of Vernon. After the ceremony, the French party involved in the wreath laying went around and shook hands as a thankyou for attending, a nice gesture. The memory of what happened and how the French people of Vernon suffered is still quite raw for some, as a gentleman from Vernon came up to me to tell me how he lost his two elder brothers in the conflict with the German occupiers, he is still very affected by this. We all felt for the people of vernon and their suffering. After we had refreshments in a room on the next floor up. where we had the chance for a talk with and the opportunity to exchange badges with our French friends.

 

 

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Foyer of the Town Hall,with the large plaque to the people of Vernon who have lost their lives in conflict.
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The Mayor giving his speech in French, Very Interesting, about Vernon , the Resistance, and the British forces
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People involved in the wreath laying , circle the room shaking hands.
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Richard Fox, President WFRA Worcester Branch, Giving speech in French
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Richard Fox, Handing the Mayor of Vernon, Framed Worcestershire Regimental Badge, with inscribed brass plate and a letter of friendship from the Mayor of Worcester, Mr David Tibbutt
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W.F.R.A. Members with the Mayor and French Veterans
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Ceiling of the reception room
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Arthur Gough and Marg Walters have a well earned drink
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A chance for Richard Fox to give his ankle a rest
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Right- Harry Massam pins a W.F.R.A. badge to the lapel of Emille Mailard`s jacket.
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L>R. Serge Baithouse, Emille Maillard, Raoul Rieutord and Harry Massam.
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L > R. Nigel Fish, Emille Maillard, Raoul Rieutord and Harry Massam.
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The Collegiate Church of Notre Dame opposite the Town Hall.
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