Today Saturday 27th November a presentation took place at Lowestoft station in honour of Chris Brooks, Secretary of the Lowestoft Evacuation Society, being given Freedom of the Town. The presentation was made by the Town Mayor in the restored Parcels Office with around fifty guests - many of whom were former evacuees. Hosted by Martin Halliday Community Rail Development Officer the event recognised the years of work that Chris has put in keeping the Evacuation story alive in Lowestoft and towns such as Glossop where many evacuees lived from 2nd June 1940 onwards. A message of congratulations from Neil Williams Chair of FOGS was read out by Martin.
On Saturday 20th November around 40 friends and family gathered at Glossop station in tribute to the late Sheila and Peter Glover in the company of Shirley Bourke their daughter. Neil Williams of FOGS gave a short address on behalf of Shirley in which he stressed that meeting at the station was very appropriate as it was the first place Sheila arrived at as an evacuee from Lowestoft on 2nd June 1940. Also present were two other former Lowestoft evacuees from this time Iris Ellison and Sheila Mickleburgh both of whom stayed on in Glossop after the end of the war. Everyone took time to look at the display in the Waiting Room which featured pictures of Sheila and Peter and family paintings donated by Shirley. She commented that she was touched by the number of friends and family that came along.
The display can be seen daily in the Waiting Room at Glossop Station.
We would like to thank the staff at the station for their support and help.
In recent weeks in the Waiting Room at Glossop Station a display has been created in the Waiting Room in memory of the late Sheila and Peter Glover. Sheila was one of the 600 evacuees who came as children from Lowestoft to Glossop on 2nd June 1940. Five of her siblings also made this journey. Peter was born in Glossop and attended local schools and it was at West End Secondary School where Sheila and Peter first met. On leaving school they both started work at Dinting Printworks. It was here that their friendship blossomed. In 1953 they married at St. James Church Whitfield. They remained living in Glossop for 44 years. Every year Sheila and Peter returned to Lowestoft to visit family and friends. Their daughter Shirley was born in Glossop. From 1978 onwards Sheila and Peter began fostering and, during a 15 year period, they fostered 37 children. Many of these children remain close to the family. In 1997 Sheila and Peter moved to live in Southport.
Peter and Sheila became keen supporters of the Lowestoft Evacuee Society set up by its secretary Chris Brooks in the 1990s. This brought former evacuees together for reunions and arranged trips to the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire towns and villages where they had been evacuated. Peter and Sheila enjoyed these reunions often arranging holidays in Lowestoft so they could attend them.
On June 2nd 2017 a plaque was unveiled at Glossop station marking the close links between Glossop and Lowestoft. Due to Sheila's ill health Shirley accompanied her father to this happy event which was attended by former evacuees and their families and friends. Peter and Sheila gave generous donations to both the Lowestoft Evacuation Society and Friends of Glossop Station.
Sadly Sheila died in September 2019 and Peter passed away due to Covid in November 2020. They are fondly remembered by friends in Glossop, Lowestoft and Southport.
On Saturday 20th November at 11am in the Waiting Room at Glossop Station Shirley has invited friends and family to meet together. Because of pandemic restrictions people were unable to gather for the funerals and Shirley hopes this gathering might be an opportunity to bring friends together in memory of her parents. Anyone who knew Sheila and Peter is most welcome to come along.
Friends of Glossop Station would like to thank Shirley for her generous donation of paintings for the display and to Rebecca Styles Community and Sustainability Manager at Northern for her permission to hold the event at the station.
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