Apr 242012

map of HollandThree East Lothian World War Two veterans from Musselburgh and North Berwick will join next month’s Dutch Liberation celebrations and lay wreaths in memory of those who died in the famous military engagement at Arnhem in 1944 – travelling from London to Holland by taxi!

Bill Robertson, North Berwick, Tom Renouf, and William Scully, both from Musselburgh, will be among many British veteran servicemen leaving on Wednesday (May 2,) in 80 taxis provided free by the London Taxi Benevolent Association. Dame Vera Lynn, whose voice and songs became so well known during the Second World War, is Patron of the Association.

The four day event will include visits to the Veterans’ Home at Bronbeek, Arnhem, wreath laying at Oosterbeek on May 3, a remembrance service and two minutes’ silence at Groesbeek the following day and an exchange of gifts with local schoolchildren on May 5. The British veterans then take part in the Dutch National Liberation Parade at Wageningen, returning to the UK on Sunday, May 6.

Commenting before the visit, Bill said:

I was not directly involved in action at Arnhem but was with the Highland Division when they moved up to the outskirts. This unique visit will possibly be our last, because of the age of most of us. We are visiting Arnhem to pay our respects to those who gave their lives there and we are privileged to have been invited to attend the Dutch National Liberation Parade.

Article submitted by Brian McGuire

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