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Insight into Second World War escape

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An evening presentation and supper, entitled ‘In Remembrance: The Freedom Trail across the Pyrenees’, will be held at the Royal British Legion Memorial Hall, Droghadfayle Road, Port Erin at 7pm on Saturday.

The presentation and slides by Major Charles Wilson offers an insight into a Second World War escape route across the Pyrenees from France to Spain.

The hazardous trail of mountain tracks were guarded by German soldiers.

It was used by servicemen of different nationalities as well as by refugees escaping from Nazi Germany, many of whom chose to cross by night in this hostile environment, often wearing only everyday clothing. Many escaped, and many died along the way.

The freedom trail is now a ‘Journey of Remembrance’, organised entirely by the French, with monuments along the way for those who lost their lives.

Admission is £7 and includes a light supper and will be payable at the door, all proceeds go towards the Poppy Appeal.

 

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