Tuesday was a day of massively mixed emotions. In the morning we found out that the house we have put an offer in for was accepted. Hopefully we should complete by 14 of June which would be amazing! The afternoon was traumatic, but I can’t be bothered to go into that right now!
In the evening The Mister and I went to the Specsavers Hangar Ball. In the afternoon they hold a Tea Dance in the same venue for the OAPs on the island. The ball was amazing – the hall had been decked out with vintage style advertising and covered in red, white and blue decorations, they even had a parachuting man hanging from the ceiling. The entertainment was a fantastic big band and some singers, one who sounded just like Frank Sinatra. They also had magicians and a brilliant balloon modeller.
The Mister dressed in RAF uniform and looked especially dashing and I wore a tea dress with Grandma Mary’s fur coat!
It was just a fantastic evening out and the best bit was seeing everyone dressed up in 1940’s style clothing. Everyone made the effort and seeing all these people dancing just added to the atmosphere. Superb entertainment and a brilliant night out!
Next week is Liberation Day, the island celebration of the day Guernsey was Liberated from the Occupying German Forces.
One of the local garden centres has been getting into the spirit and has produced this impressive display of mannequins and fake fruit and vegetables to encourage people to grow more food and be more self-sufficient.
This is the Liberation Mast. It was erected in 2005 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Liberation Day and the SeaGuernsey festival. It is situated in the middle of the roundabout by the harbour and looks like a boat has been buried!
At Christmas the mast is converted into the Guernsey Roundtable Tree of Joy, when fairy-light ropes are run down to the ground so it looks like a tree. It is really effective and there is a nice picture of it here.
I know this isn’t the greatest picture in the world, but I only had my iPhone on me today and getting close enough to get a bigger picture would have meant that i would have had to stand in the middle of the road!
Today’s picture is of the Guernsey Liberation Monument. This was erected for the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of the island.
As many readers of my blog will know, the Channel Islands were occupied form 1940-1945 by the Germans, time which was very difficult for islanders, both for those who remained and those who were evacuated. It is one of the things that makes the island distinct and special and something that we will continue to remember.
This monument was designed to cast a shadow on the curved seating on 9 May. The seating itself has several inscriptions, most notably the one that says, “Our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today. – Winston Churchill”. The obelisk is made up of 50 layers of Guernsey granite, one layer for each year of freedom and the top five layers are sheared off to mark the five years of occupation. The monument is situated near the Weighbridge Clock Tower at St Peter Port Harbour as it was here that the islanders greeted the liberating forces.
So, a brisk trip through recent Guernsey history!