MIDDLEWICH DURING THE GREAT WAR
MIDDLEWICH WW2 WEEKEND PHOTOGRAPHS
A selection of photographs taken during the Middlewich WW2 Festival in September 2010 by John and David Hudson. Special thanks for a fantastic weekend go out to: North West WW2 Association, UK Homefront, Blitz and Peaces, Fiona Harrison, The VCO Band, Julie Summers & Family, Paul Spence, Maureen Leverington and Gerry George.
This event could not have gone ahead without our volunteers, special thanks to each and everyone of you.
LOCAL WAR-TIME PHOTOGRAPHS
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MIDDLEWICH YOUTH THEATRE
The Colonel of Tamarkan – Julie Summers
The story of the Bridge on the River Kwai was loosely based the Second World War building of the bridge by The Colonel of Tamarkan – Julie Summers. British prisoners of war, however the characters and there roles were fictitional.
The Japanese were skilled engineers and the main role of the real life colonel, Phil Toosey, was to ensure that the men under his command suffered as little as possible at the hands of their unforgiving captors. Toosey was a merchant banker in civilian life but had been an active officer in the Territorial Army since 1925. When he was caught up in Singapore, the worst military defeat in British history, he refused to take the easy way out and be evacuated to India but chose to remain with his men. His story is one of bloody-minded determination not to give up in the face of an implacable enemy.
This biography is written by Philip Toosey’s grandaughter Julie Summers who is a writer, historian and broadcaster with a particular interest in the Second World War.