What is it?
It is a ticket to a rally that was held at Belle Vue on 19 June 1943. The rally
was attended by thousands of evacuees from Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and Sark.
They had fled their homes to England in June 1940, just days before the islands
were occupied by Germany.
When did you get it?
Where did you get it from, and how?
It was given to me by the family of Muriel Parsons, who attended the rally
during the war.
What does it mean to you?
The original ticket was placed in Muriel's diary where she wrote about her
feelings on the day of the rally. She was very excited at the prospect of
seeing so many fellow evacuees in one place. However, afterwards she wrote,
"It was sad not knowing if we would ever meet again because of air raids
around the Manchester area. Some of the adult evacuees looked very old since I
had last seen them, with their worries about their relatives who are trapped in
the occupied Channel Islands." Pathe News actually filmed the Belle
Vue event and this can be viewed on BBC Guernsey's website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-15960347