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Launch of the book " Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War" by Linda Hervieux at Abertsychan, near Pontypool.
On Saturday 24th September I was invited along with the author Linda Hervieux to attend the event below at the Trinity Methodist Church, Abersychan.
This was part of the BBC history series Black History of Britain and was designed to commemorate the fact that members of the all black 320th Balloon Barrage Battalion had been billeted in the basement of the church in readiness for D-day. A special plaque was to be installed and unveiled at the church to commemorate these fine young lads and their time in Abersychan.
These young men had a significant impact on the village.
The plaque is being readied for fixing to the church
event started at 2.30 p.m. with the Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir singing some
well known songs from the valleys.
The Reverend Steve Boxall we
The Reverend Steve Boxall welcomed everyone to the church.
Kenneth Clarke then gave a brief o
Kenneth Clarke then gave a brief overview of event and introduced Peter Garwood.
Peter Garwood,from the Barrage Balloon Reunion Club gave a brief explanation of what barrage balloons were deployed and how they worked.
Kenneth Clarke then t
Kenneth Clarke then thanked Peter and introduce Linda Hervieux.
The Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir sang a second song.
Neil was to speak briefly about black GI babies and introduce Ann Sansom and her family.
The plaque was unveiled in memory of the black GIs who stayed in Abersychan.
The bilingual plaque
The Pontnewydd Male Voice Choir sang a third song.
After everyone met in the church for a social chat about the event.
The Mayor and Mayoress found the event very interesting.
Linda Hervieux talks about her book