— Whaley Bridge researcher and writer Gillian Mawson, is writing a book about the astonishing influx of child evacuees from occupied Guernsey into the Stockport area, including Disley, and the High Peak. Gillian, a researcher at Manchester University, stumbled across a newspaper cutting three years ago. It told the amazing story of the flood of school children from Guernsey who came to Stockport in the summer of 1940, sailing out of the island on 20 June only days before the German invaders arrived. More than 1,200 bewildered youngsters reached Stockport by train on a wet day.
The local newspaper, telling the story, was published on 28 June 1940, the day the Luftwaffe was bombing (more…)