The first of a two part film featuring Burnley WWII Veterans is to be released for VE Day Celebrations. A collaboration between Lancashire County Council Educational Archives and Burnley Council gathered a number of Burnley based WWII Veterans to discuss their experiences before and during the war time years. In the first film, Stephen Bacon (99), who served with the RAF, gives a frank and lively interview on his experiences. The video is available on the council’s website, Facebook and Youtube Channel (click to open on YouTube).
In the interview, Mr Bacon remembers how he came to join the air force and recalls the drama of being shot down behind enemy lines, his subsequent capture and imprisonment by the Germans.
Councillor Cosima Towneley, Executive Member for Community and Environmental Services and Armed Forces Champion, said: “It was a truly memorable experience gathering the four ex-servicemen together. By chance, each of the military arms on land, sea and air were represented. We are very disappointed that the celebrations will now have to be ‘virtual’ but encourage everyone to sit and listen to this fascinating interview as a family, perhaps using this as part of their home learning. It will certainly add a different dimension to supper time discussion, so it would be great if the link to the video is shared widely.”
Councillor Towneley added: “I hope a younger generation finds inspiration in these ordinary people who did extraordinary things, and are encouraged to show the same resilience, determination and good humour that is needed to overcome whatever challenges they face today.”
Image: Stephen Bacon, with HRH Prince William.