As part of our fund raising effort for the cathedral, the congregation have got together to produce a book called “Rochester Remembers”. The concept was partly started to commemorate the 70th anniversary of WWII and partly to tell the fascinating stories of ordinary local people during that time.
“Rochester Remembers” is all about the lives and experiences of people during the war, as told by themselves, who now live in Rochester. As you can imagine they are fantastic memories, some heart breaking, some amusing, but all interesting and thought provoking. Photographs are included.
The book goes to print during October and we hope to have it ready for sale at £10 per copy by the end of November. Mr Henry Sandon kindly wrote the Foreward to our book, he is a Patron of the Evacuee's Society. He say's, "It is nice to be invited to write a foreword to Rochester Remembers. As a Londoner my pre-war memories of Kent were limited to an occasional steamer trip to Margate and my wartime years were spent as an evacuee in Buckinghamshire. Life as a “Vaccy” could be like the curate’s egg (even curates only got one egg a week on the ration), we missed our parents and it was very difficult to live with strangers.
I am a patron of the Evacuees Association, together with Michael Aspel, the long time presenter of the BBC Antiques Roadshow and This Is Your Life, and we hear some heartbreaking stories of the treatment of some vaccies. But we survived and I became a little cog in the wheels of the Royal West Kents in Shorncliffe Camp, wangling my way into the South East Command Concert Party, which was a little like “It Ain’t ‘Arf ‘Ot Mum”. As the resident baritone I must have sung in most towns in Kent and give a belated apology to any who suffered.
In recent years I have been closely related to Rochester through my son David singing in the Cathedral Choir and I have even sung a few times with the choir myself. So I wish all the best to the book of Anne and John Sears and to the great City of Rochester.
Henry Sandon M.B.E.
The book will be on sale at Baggins Bookshop and The Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street, and at Rainham Bookshop as well as here at the Cathedral in the shop and from the office. Click here to order
If you have any difficulty in obtaining the book, please contact the Development Office in Garth House on 01634 810074
Please note that £1.50 postage and packing will be added to postal orders.