02
Apr-2023

Blue Plaque Unveiled on Queen Street to West Indian Servicemen of WW2

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In our hour of need they came halfway around the world to aid the mother country. Thousands of young men from the Caribbean joined the Air Force and were trained at RAF Hunmanby Moor. Many of them lodged in Filey and remembered the warm welcome they received from locals.

When it was suggested that a memorial plaque be erected in the memorial gardens to remember the lads who came across to help Britain in its time of need, Filey Town Council dragged their feet. They said that other service personnel from several countries also trained and were lodged at Filey. Frankly, it felt like an excuse. It reflected poorly on our town.

Thankfully, some enterprising Filey-folk took matters into their own hands and on Saturday a plaque was erected on a house on Queen Street. Hundreds turned out to witness the unveiling and a handful of veterans with West Indian heritage came along.

The BBC picked up on the event and made it a lead report on their North Yorkshire website. Our friends at the twitter account Filey_UK grabbed some fabulous photos.

Time for the Town Council to undertake a period of reflection. Let’s be blunt, they got this one wrong.

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