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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2007, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK
Hopes for yearly evacuee ceremony
A woman from Jersey whose family left the island during the occupation hopes a remembrance service she initiated for evacuees will become an annual event.

A service being held on 16 September is the second arranged by Jean McLaughlin.

When she was a child she and her family fled Jersey at the start of the Nazi occupation in 1940. The place she left from and returned to was Albert Pier.

There is a plaque there to remember the evacuees and the people from Jersey who served in the Armed Forces.

Last year hundreds of people gathered at a service and wreath-laying ceremony at the pier, followed by a lunch.

As the same events are being staged this year, Mrs McLaughlin is now hoping to establish an annual tradition.

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to fall into Nazi hands during the war.

During the occupation more than 2,000 islanders were deported to camps by the Germans.


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