Story2Tell records and archives anecdotes, memories and stories from service and ex service personnel of the armed forces as well as those people who have experiences of armed conflict.
Fraser Gardiner's story
Fraser Gardiner lives in the Fylde and here he recalls a story of his grandfather joining his Highland regiment in 1914
The Charnwood Forest Convalescent Home where James David Gardiner was sent after a trench wall fell on him in WWI
Fraser Gardiner's mother Doris Gardiner (nee Catlow) taught all 38 children who perished in the Freckleton Air Disaster and many many more who survied. Fraser produced the following short documentary (5mins) where Ruby Curril (nee Whittle) one of three who survied the disaster recalls what happened on that day.
Ronald McCaughlin was in the 70th Anti Tank Regiment during WWII. He recalls his memories of his training in Catterick and Llandudno here and how the Freckleton Air Disaster affected him and his family.
The recorded material will be used to build a digital archive that will be made available to schools and community groups so that they may gain a better understanding of what life in the armed forces is like.
A further aim of the Story2Tell project is to bring together the local community with serving personnel and their families to foster mutual understanding and respect.
Poetic response to working with veterans
Mandy Barton cares for service veterans at Richard Peck House in Lytham St. Annes. Mandy has put her thoughts and feelings into poetic verse.
Amy Mansfield lived in Oldham during WWII and recalls how food and coal was in short supply.
In an interview with her 12 year old grandson, Gwen recalls memories of her grandfather after he returned from Ww1 and her experiences as a child during Ww2
Mike was a child living in Ramsgate, Kent during WWII and in this video he recalls seeing the boats coming back from the Dunkirk evacuation
Barbara recalls the Manchester Blitz during WWII and being relocated to Chorlton-Cum-Hardy