The meeting of Filey Probus Club was chaired by newly installed president, Ian Faine, with 35 members present. A fond farewell was given to 93-year-old Roger Watson, club member of 22 years, who is leaving the area.
Tony Meldrum, a friend and fellow member, told the audience that Roger, a Lancastrian by birth, served in the RAF during World War Two, spending time in Ceylon, Singapore and Burma.
The speaker was Jutta Marshall who spoke about her experiences in the Russian controlled sector of Austria and made references to her book, Liberated But Not Free.
Her account was quite harrowing at times, particularly when she related how Russian troops ransacked the village and broke down the door of the house where she and her family were hiding. She escaped but some of her relatives and friends weren’t quite as fortunate and had to suffer the ravages of drunken soldiers and their frequent rave-ups.
Jutta went on to become an English teacher, her first job in a primary school in Germany.
At the next meeting on Wednesday March 5 at 10am Peter Barker is giving a talk entitled Local Fishing and Agriculture in the 1960s and 70s. New members are welcome.