Polish reunion is 
resounding success

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ABOUT 150 people turned out for the first reunion of the Ashby Folville Polish camp last week.

The event brought together displaced Polish people who lived in the former US Army camps in the grounds of Ashby Folville Manor. The camp was occupied from 1948 until 1965.

Tadeusz Stenzel, one of the organisers, said: “Everybody said how much they had enjoyed the day, and most expressed the regret that this event had not happened sooner.”

The day kicked-off with a service of thanksgiving in the village church with a commemorative plaque unveiled by Noreen widow of Wing Commander John Smith-Carrington who was thanked on the plaque.

Festivities followed in the village hall where English sandwiches were followed by Polish cakes while cine-film and pictures of the camp were shown on a projector

Special guests included the Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer the Lady Gretton and the Consul of the Polish Republic.