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Sevenoaks Talk: The Shetland Bus WWII with Gilly Halcrow

Doors open 7.15pm, meeting and talk start 8pm.

Gilly's talk tells the story of the brave Norwegian sailors in their fishing boats who kept links open between occupied Norway and Britain during WWII, taking agents in with supplies for the resistance and escaping refugees out.

Not only did they have to face sub-Arctic storms in the North Sea but also the might of the Nazi war machine searching for them. 

This fascinating talk details the deeds of incredibly courageous and patriotic men.   The seas between Norway and Scotland are the stormiest in the world. No other series of journeys in such bad weather, in such small boats and in darkness to an unlit coast had been undertaken.

The impact of the operation resulted in 400 tons of arms and explosives being delivered, 450 refugees rescued and many agents being delivered and recovered.

Gilly's talk is a moving account of what affectionately became known as ‘The Shetland Bus’; helping Norway to bring back its peace and pride. 

There were many acts of outstanding courage and incredible bravery performed during the Shetland Bus operation.   To commemorate this, a wreath laying ceremony is held annually on 17th May in Shetland.  Norway still send Christmas trees to London and Edinburgh in gratitude for our assistance.

There is a large car park adjacent to the hall which is free in the evenings.

Event Information

Event Date 14-07-2022 7:15 pm
Event End Date 14-07-2022 9:30 pm
Capacity 99
Individual Price Free to members. A donation towards hall hire and speaker fee is appreciated from visitors.
Location Sevenoaks Branch

Venue Information - Sevenoaks Branch

Otford Village Memorial Hall High Street Otford TN14 5PQ