Following the feature in The Whistler Oct/Nov issue about the Brighton-born SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents, in November I went to the grand unveiling ceremony organised by The Secret WW2 Learning Network. The great and the good of Brighton & Hove gathered at the Corn Exchange, with serving representatives from the army, veterans, past and present councillors, together with diplomats from the French and Italian London embassies.
Once all four blue plaques were revealed on Saturday 12 November, it had been intended to gather in West Hill Street and West Hill Hall on the following Monday for a smaller ceremony to unveil the affixed blue plaque, which commemorates Jacqueline Nearne, who was born in West Hill Street. But because her niece Odile, her closest relative who lives abroad, was unwell and unable to travel to Brighton, it was decided to postpone this ceremony until the Spring of 2017.
A revised date for the unveiling will be announced as soon as possible, and if you’d like to be kept informed please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org