Day Forty-Six

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the forty sixth day of lockdown. Logged in visitors can post their comments below.

While responses to the Coronavirus Lockdown develop over the next few weeks, we want to record thoughts and actions in Bishopsteignton one day at a time. Please leave two or three sentences and any images you may have in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Forty-Seven.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Paris restrictions to stay as France reopens – BBC News

Coronavirus: ‘How did UK government let 30,000 death toll happen?’ | Question Time – BBC

Coronavirus: US in crisis as 33m Americans lose their jobs – BBC News

Coronavirus warning: UK faces worst downturn for 300 years – BBC News

Coronavirus: Russian hospital staff ‘working without masks’ – BBC News

Posts on social media by local businesses and organisations made on this day

Bishopsteignton Heritage

Bishopsteignton Banter

The Ring of Bells

The Old Commercial Inn

The Cockhaven Arms

The Hair Studio

One Reply to “Day Forty-Six”

  1. 75 years since the allied victory in Europe and Bishopsteignton marked the occasion in its own unique way.
    The village was a spectacular sight with so many people enjoying the commemorations, incredible displays of colour throughout every street and the sounds of the 1940s drifting through the beautiful sunny day. People on walks, joining up in small groups and really soaking up the atmosphere.
    We invited our neighbour onto our drive (at a safe distance) for some tea and cake and she regaled us with stories of when she was a 10 y/o during the war. She lived on a farm in Shaldon and recalled one day playing with her brother as a German plane approached, they furiously banged on the door but their mother wouldn’t let them in as she was busy, just as a huge bomb dropped several fields up the estuary. She remembers her brother seeing another plane strafing cattle in the field where Wear Park is now, flying below the level where they stood, close enough to see his face. The ‘dastardly Hun’ as she called them, ‘too cowardly to try and bomb the railway, they would drop them anywhere and scarper’.
    On the way to school she would catch the ferry from Shaldon to Teignmouth and wave at the men at the AA battery next to the Pier and recalled them having a little Terrier with them. The family moved across to Teignmouth to live with her Aunt and talked about how many friendly Americans were staying in the town, until one day they all but vanished and nobody knew why. It was D-Day, many of them had even settled in the area and were never seen again. She mentioned the bombing of the school where Waitrose was.
    She talked of her father who joined the RAC in WWI and flew the old biplanes back from France, one time in thick fog he almost hit an object and had to pull up to avoid a collision, the object was St Pauls! She laughed as she told us of his victory celebrations in Paris, waking up in a urinal. He served with the RAF in N Africa in WWII but in a land based role as he was older and had experienced one too many collisions. Pain etched on her face as she considered what it must have been like fighting in the Western Deserts, Italy and up to the Baltic.

    I talked about my relatives and their war efforts and we all agreed how lucky we are today even under the current restrictions.
    It was a poignant moment and quite special to share those memories with her on this day.

    A day that should always be remembered for the sacrifices our and our allies ancestors made.
    It leaves me with many mixed feelings knowing that the next big anniversary will see even fewer survivors from such a remarkable generation. With or without the flags, I will always remember them.

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