Service in Stockport to Mark ‘Return Home’ of Channel Island Evacuees in 1945

Channel Island evacuees outside St Mary’s Church after one of their wartime services

Port Towns & Urban Cultures contributor Gillian Mawson is organising a Channel Islands Evacuee’ church service at St Mary’s, Stockport Market Place on Sunday 23 August at 10.30am. The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the time when thousands of Channel Island evacuees left Stockport, and the surrounding area, to return home in 1945. It is being held at the church in which Channel Island evacuees worshipped during the war.

Mayors have been invited from Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and High Peak Stockport residents have been invited, and asked to bring along relatives who lived through the Second World War. Evacuees from Gillian’s Guernsey evacuee community group will be attending, and evacuees are travelling over from the harbour town of St Peter Port, Guernsey, to attend.

After the service, evacuees will be able to sit down and share their wartime experiences with each other – and with anyone else who is interesting in hearing them. There will be refreshments available as well as a small display on the evacuation.

Full details can be found here

You can find out more about the Channel Island evacuees arrival in Weymouth in 1940 here on the Port Towns & Urban Cultures website

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