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Commemorating VE Day


50th Anniversary bottle from Normandy

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A commemoration and celebration was planned by the museum for Friday 8 May 2020. However, because of the current 'lock-down' situation we are unable to open the premises or to hold the event. Nevertheless in continuing our museum's 'Objects in Focus' feature we offer the following object and its story. A French wine bottle with a difference. Please read on………


In the Spring of 1994 the now defunct Aircrew Association asked its members to go on a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of D Day, 6th June.


Esther and Alex Lawrence from Marlow responded to the call -


"we went over and visited the D Day landing places and the towns of Normandy where fighting had taken place. Bayeux, Arromanches, Falaise and the various cemeteries.


The French were very hospitable and in Bayeux they held a reception and had laid on various events at other places for their British guests. The wine came in special bottles which also commemorated the 50th anniversary of our landings.


This is one of the bottles and hope that it will bring happy memories”


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This green glass wine bottle is decorated with the Allied nations' flags. In addition there are pictures of the gliders, landing craft and aircraft depicted around the bottle with the Anniversary and the date clearly shown. An appropriate object for the museum's VE Day Celebration.


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