Refugees pay VE tribute to Burnley

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Touching memories of kindness shown by Burnley people in the dark days of war were rekindled at a VE Day celebration.

Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War with a carnival procession in which one of the floats thanked towns on the mainland who had given refuge.

The photograph was taken by Maureen de Jersey, whose mother, Betty, was billeted in Burnley. Romance blossomed when she met Burnley boy Ernest Baker.

Said Maureen: “During the war many of the Islanders sought refuge in the UK, and Burnley provided assistance throughout those years. We thought some of your readers would like to see how Burnley is still thought of in the Islands with affection and gratitude.

“Guernsey celebrated VE day on May 9th, our Liberation Day. It was the day the Island was Liberated from the occupying German forces.”