By Debra Brightmore, Funeral Arranger
It was back in August that I shared my idea of the 500-mile round trip with my manager, and it all came together so quickly after that. Before I knew it, Co-op Funeralcare had provided an executive car which had been transformed with a showering of poppies for us to make the journey.
My husband – who also works for Funeralcare – and I set off on Friday 25 October with our two sons in tow. The drive down to Newhaven took us about five hours, then we were on the ferry for four, before a two-and-a-half-hour drive at the other end to reach Bayeux Cemetery.
We got a lot of attention on the way down. People were beeping at us and some even found us on social media to let us know we’d been spotted!
I’d been in touch with the Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion to see if there were any local Pudsey residents we could pay our respects to while we were over there. They told us of seven servicemen who lost their lives in WW2 who were buried in four different cemeteries, and one person whose body was never recovered but was remembered on a memorial wall.
We managed to visit all of them, and the legion gave us a bit of information about each person to read out before we laid our poppy wreaths and crosses.
This was something we’ve always wanted to do, and it was so special for us to be able to share the experience with the rest of the Pudsey community.
We took the car out for another little trip on Remembrance Sunday to take some elderly veterans to the local service, and then home again afterwards. They were so excited.
Damon Sugden, Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch said:
“So many families have never been able to visit their loved ones’ place of rest, so the efforts of Debra and Carl to visit the local servicemen who lost their lives is an act of kindness that many people in the community appreciate. It really is an example of true community spirit.”