Finally through the events of the last two weeks and time to take stock. The most unbelievable weeks ever and we have an event to set up later this week in Grantham, Lincolnshire for commemorations of Operation Doomsday, where 6,500 British Paratroopers were given the task of controlling 350,000 German troops who had surrendered when Norway was liberated in May 1945. Not an easy task, you would guess!
A moment of quiet contemplation. The past week has been an emotional rollercoaster. From handing over a Torch on Sword Beach, through cemteries, blessing the flame at the Menin Gate, concentration camps and even the site of the Battle of Waterloo. It feels like we have been everywhere and done everything acrosss Northern France, Belgium and Holland, culminating in us opening the Dutch 70th anniversary Liberation celebrations in Wageningen.
I sit alone, making my way back to Hull to prepare for our own commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe and the 74th anniversary of the Blitz of Hull. The past few days have been the most astonishing of our lives. We have made very many friends and shed many a tear. We have events on May 8th and 9th and then things should calm down for a while. Come back and look again, when there has been time to upload more photographs.
It's starting to gel. We will leave Hull on Monday 27th April with the Freedom Flame to make the journey to Wageningen to refresh the Flame. Today, a parallel party left Holland for Auschwitz, to the infamous concentration camp in Poland, and then on to Czechoslovakia, Dresden, Berlin and Belsen, before returning to Holland. We wish them well.