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Events mark long links with Poles

Members of Leven Community Council at the Festival Gardens on Leven prom which is where the new David Mach memorial will be going. The Council has just approved funding worth �75,000 for the sculpture and memorial event in September. 5 May 14. ltr Eddie Young, Mary Parry, Alistair Suttie.

Members of Leven Community Council at the Festival Gardens on Leven prom which is where the new David Mach memorial will be going. The Council has just approved funding worth �75,000 for the sculpture and memorial event in September. 5 May 14. ltr Eddie Young, Mary Parry, Alistair Suttie.

In four weeks’ time, the Levenmouth area will once again celebrate its long connection with the Polish community which began in the early ‘40s with the establishment of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade in the area .

The soldiers most memorably took part in the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, and the events planned over two days next month, and organised by Leven Community Council, mark the 70th anniversary of that operation, as well as the friendship that took root and blossomed between the Poles and local people in the years afterwards.

On Saturday, September 27, Hal Sosabowski – the great-grandson of General Stanislaw Sosabowski who led the regiment – will give a lecture at the Caledonian Hotel.

Following the talk by Hal, principal lecturer in chemistry at Brighton University, locals will be asked to put on their gladrags for a 1940s themed dance at the Balmaise Centre, with musical entertainment, bar and food.

On Sunday, things will turn more sombre as the town welcomes ex-servicemen for the unveiling of a specially made sculpture by world-renowned locally-born artist David Mach in the town’s Festival Gardens.

Before the ceremony, there will be military vehicles on display along the Promenade, provided by World War Two Presentations, as well as a march past with musical accompaniment from the Dundee Sea Cadet Band.

Food and other refreshments will be provided by the Beach Coffee House, and there will be a display of historic photographs and ‘A Bridge Too Far’ – the cinematic depiction of the battle – within the cafe too.

At Methil Heritage Centre, which has worked closely with the council to produce a commemorative booklet for the weekend, there will be arts and crafts activites for children, and an exhibition marking the battle, from the Friday to the Sunday, while World War Two Presentations will also hold an exhibition there from September 15.

 

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