David Barnicoat, the Falmouth Harbour pilot and historian spoke to James Churchfield on his BBC Radio Cornwall breakfast programme today weds 7th July 2010 about the 70th anniversary of the British Chancellor tanker bombing.
You can hear this on Listen Again around about 1:34 to 1:39 hours and minutes in on the Listen Again facility (live for about five days after) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p008m983/James_Churchfield_07_07_2010/
David spoke about the 10 sailors and dock staff killed, the dramatic events at 2.30 p.m. on an otherwise “lovely sunny day” and the marking of this anniversary on the Docks on Saturday 10th July 2010 with the sounding of the Docks siren at 2.30 p.m. to mark the anniversary and commemorate the loss of life and heroic rescue efforts.
David also mentioned the small anniversary gathering of local people held last week at the Falmouth Art Gallery www.falmouthartgallery.com where the painting of the event is now housed after a long spell on display at the Docks and Harbour offices. The painting is by Charles Pears, a First and Second World War artist from Yorkshire who lived in the Falmouth area. More of his work hangs in the nearby National Maritime Museum Cornwall http://www.nmmc.org.uk
You can read more about this story on our previous blog last week ‘The Price of Oil, paint and big ships of all nations’.
The British Chancellor bombing in 1940 and recent Volcanic Ash disruption in 2010 are simple reminders how vulnerable and dependent a maritime nation like Britain is on food and fuel by sea and air, hence the 70th anniversary of the “Dig For Victory” campaign this autumn, marked by our Wartime zoo garden at Newquay Zoo www.newquayzoo.org.uk and the Imperial War Museum London exhibition Ministry of Food www.food.iwm.org.uk
Earlier this year BBC Radio Cornwall interviewed a wartime Chessington zoo evacuee, Peter Pollard, http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/cornwall/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_8539000/8539314.stm
Listen also to our recent podcast from the World War Zoo Gardens produced by , download from World War zoo veg talk June 2010 Newquay Zoo / KernowPod
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