A weekly column by Jan Whitbourn from Tulip Radio.
Tulip Radio has recently begun a project as part of the Community Covenant Scheme which sets out to tell the stories of service personnel who are either still serving, recently retired or are veterans of past conflicts.
We will tell their stories of service, action, injury, rehabilitation and integration into civilian life. We want to help the public understand the sacrifices they have made on our behalf and help service veterans be more easily understood while they learn how to adjust to life in ‘civvy street’ again.
At an afternoon at the Anglia Motel at Fleet Hargate we met veterans from the Cold War as well as three of the surviving WW2 veterans. They spoke to us about their service experiences, with stories both sad and humorous.
We were guests of proprietor Harold Payne, who has done so much to help Normandy Veterans return to the scene of the biggest combined seaborne invasion in history in June 1944. Although we had met them before, they always seem to come out with fresh stories which we are recording for posterity. Sadly over the last few years, Harold has lost many veterans of this conflict and we feel it’s vital to document their tales before it’s too late. We will compile the interviews on a series of CDs available from Lincolnshire Libraries and the Lincolnshire Archive.