Reg Pye (Passing Away)
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Reg Pye aged 92 on the 20th August 2011, who we filmed last year and who was an Army veteran of the first British Expedition Forces to take on the advancing German Army at the commencement of World War Two in Belgium and France and to escape via Dunkirk. Reg was later captured by the Germans after fighting in Crete and spent several years in the German and Polish Mines as a prisoner of war. Our sympathies go to his widow Phyllis and his family.
Another page describes the life of Reg Pye during and after his war service, which is at Reginald James Pye.
We are proud and delighted to announce that our veteran Sam Brearley aged 98 and 99 on the 23rd December received his Greek war medal at the Civic Chambers, Clitheroe on Friday 4th November at 2pm from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Dennis Mondoros. The Mayor of the Ribble Valley Borough Council Simon Hore and his wife along with Councillor Lois Rimmer last years Mayor was also present with Gordon her husband. Both Dennis Mondoros and Councillor Rimmer have assisted Clitheroe Youth to obtain this medal for Sam. The Vicar Andy Froud from St Mary's said prayers. Also in attendance were veterans and members of the Royal British Legion. Granada TV came along and showed this on the air at 6pm. Sam also received a framed certificate from the Greek Embassy and a Greek flag. Members of Clitheroe Youth read out aspects of how Sam and thousands of other Allied servicemen were captured by the Germans in April 1941 and the numbers that lost their lives during this campaign. The local press were also in attendance.
Sam Brearley is seen here with the Mayor of the Ribble Valley Borough Council, Councillor Simon Hoar, several members of Clitheroe Youth and Mel Diack MBE Chairman.
London and Dublin National Rotarian Award
We are delighted that an article appeared in the Clitheroe Advertiser dated 6th October showing several of our youth members and parents about to visit the Houses of Parliament. Prior to this they had been shown around the BBC Studios. This was part of the National Youth Rotarian award which we won earlier this year. Our thanks go to the National Rotarians for having organised this especially Eve Pollard and Sue Hind.
The party left for London early from Clitheroe and Preston and travelled by train and underground to reach their various destinations. The group were treated to lunch at the BBC. Our thanks go to Nigel Evans MP for arranging the visit around the Houses of Parliament. Everyone arrived back home safe and sound at about 11pm very tired but well worth the visit.
We hope to show some of the photographs taken on our website.
Link to the Dublin page.
One of our youth lads who started with us in our early days and serving as a Royal Engineer as been injured whilst serving in Afghanistan. Dominic Giles still only 19 is now in hospital in Birmingham. He has a serious leg injury as a result of stepping on a mine. Our thoughts and best wishes go to Dominic for a speedy recovery.
BBC London & House of Commons
Several of our members were invited to the BBC Studios and House of Commons on Wednesday 31st August as part of the National Rotarian Awards. Our thanks go to Eve Conway and Sue Hind for these arrangements. We hope to show several photographs from this wonderful day.
Our thanks go to Rodney Read and John Ridgeway for letting us have a copy of their newly published book -'The Day World War Two came to Chatburn'. A lot of work and effort by all involved and our thanks go to them.