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BEESTON WITH BITTERING PARISH COUNCIL
Springfield, Fransham Rd, BEESTON, PE32 2LZ
Tel 01328 701425
Visit of 392nd Bomber Group Memorial Association
On Sunday 9th September, the 392nd BGMA will be visiting Beeston from America as part of a short visit to Norfolk. The group is conscious of the respects that are paid to the fallen in November each year and have asked the community to recreate the events that take place every Remembrance Sunday.
So, a church service will be held at St Mary’s with a Two Minute Silence at the War Memorial in the churchyard from where everyone will then move to the American War Memorial on Dereham Road. A short service will be conducted here and this will be followed by a flypast by the Lancaster Bomber, which is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight. This is timed to take place at approx 12.30pm.
The group will finally move to Beeston Village Hall where a reception will be hosted for the American guests by the parish council. A barbecue will be running and drinks will be available. Entertainment will be provided. All are welcome.
As a prelude to the event, there will be a dance held in the village hall on the Saturday evening starting at 7.30pm. Further details will be posted on noticeboards nearer the time.
392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association Report
Some of you may have noticed that during the first week of September The British Merchant Navy Red Ensign was flying from one of the flagpoles at the Beeston War Memorial.
Earlier this year we were approached by the Beeston Parish Council who had been asked by the British Merchant Navy if it would be possible to fly one of their flags at the Beeston war memorial to commemorate the 36,749 British Merchant Seamen and women who were killed during WW2. A further 5,720 were taken prisoner and 4,707 wounded in action. This total of 4,7176 represents a casualty rate of over 25%. These brave men and women worked on the merchant ships in the North Atlantic convoys that ran the gauntlet against the German U boat wolf packs.
We would like to thank Beeston Parish Council for providing the flag and we are very pleased to fly it in honour of these men and women who kept the country supplied during those dark years.